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Background

The ELF 2.0 initiative builds upon the original Early Learning with Families @ Your Library statewide initiative launched by the California State Library in 2006. During the first initiative, 53 California library jurisdictions were awarded targeted grants through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) to implement family-focused, early learning programs and services. Thirty-four of these libraries went on to receive a second year of funding to further expand or refine the creative early learning ideas developed in year one. In subsequent years, the initiative focused on the development of a training center for the nationally recognized, Family Place Libraries™ model of library service. This west coast center is now operational and located in the Carson City branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library.

In 2013 ELF 2.0 was launched, re-invigorating early learning practices in libraries throughout California. To date, 104 library systems throughout the state have participated in various ELF 2.0 activities. Activities have included an ELF 2.0 Pre-Conference and an ELF 2.0 Summit, both prior to the California Library Association’s annual conference, that offered inspiring opportunities for professional development. ELF 2.0 also hosted 7 training webinars, a targeted funding allocation, and 6 regional networking meetings.

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