Despite Challenges of the Pandemic, The Library Finds Creative Ways to Support Caregivers of Young Children
2021 was a year full of unexpected challenges for families, caregivers and young children. As an institution that strives to promote literacy and early learning, the Library launched a series of programs to expand and support kids and the needs of childcare providers through funding from a grant from the California State Library. In February 2020, the Library premiered virtual Nurturing Know-How/Cuidando Niños Sabiamente caregiver classes. Over three hundred caregivers attended live Zoom classes and almost 1000 more tuned in on YouTube. During the last few months of 2021, the Library hosted almost 40 Stay and Play events. The relaxed, early literacy class at local parks served over 700 people. The Library is looking forward to continuing the Stay and Play program in 2022. Caregivers and families are welcome to join one of the daily outdoor early literacy programs offered at multiple locations.