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Family & Caregiver Resources

Check out these fantastic early literacy resources!

Kindergarten Readiness Skills

Check out these Kindergarten Readiness Skills, specifically crafted for children entering kindergarten in Pottawattamie County! These skills will help parents and caregivers prepare their kids for kindergarten. 

Baby Reads

Baby Reads is a program that sets your family up for reading success by making reading easy, fun, and part of your daily routine! Baby Reads provides new parents with early literacy tools and increased library access. 


Vroom Tips™ help you do more with your shared moments. Add learning to mealtime, bath time, bedtime, or anytime with 1,000+ fun, free activities.

Council Bluffs Public Library

Council Bluffs Public Library offers a wide variety of services for the whole family. From storytimes to reference services, check out their website for more information. 

Sesame Street In Communities

Parents and caregivers like you are the foundations for children’s healthy development. You keep them healthy, provide learning opportunities, and help them face challenges big and small. Sesame Street in Communities is here to support you in that huge and all-important effort.

Cox Campus

Educators and families are facing unique challenges during this time. The Cox Campus is your go-to place for free professional development, teaching resources, and more.

Storytime with Miss Anna

Join Miss Anna from the Council Bluffs Public Library for virtual storytime!

Raising Readers

These resources will help you expand your knowledge of early literacy, give you ideas on sharing books with your child and how to help her get a good start on reading and learning.

Unite for Literacy

A vast library of free, digital, picture books!

Here Wee Read

Here Wee Read is an early literacy blog focused on connecting people with diverse and inclusive books, kid-friendly products and family experiences they will love.

Bedtime FM

Bedtime FM is an independent podcast producer, bringing you original content — for children of all ages.

Our first show Story Time, is a free fortnightly children’s story podcast featuring stories written by guest children’s authors, and narrated by a talented team of parents spread across the globe.

Story Blocks

Storyblocks is a project of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, working in partnership with Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Services. It is a collection of 30-60 second videos designed to model to parents, caregivers, and library staff some songs, rhymes, and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood. Each video clip includes helpful early literacy tips to increase caregivers’ understanding of child development and pre-literacy needs.

Story Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy®-nominated and award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading.

Local Resources

Early literacy and family support resources in Pottawatomie County.

United Way 211

United Way 211 helps people find the resources they need, from education to housing to food, in your own community.

Little Free Libraries

Little Free Library is a nonprofit that builds community, inspires readers, and expands book access for all through a global network of volunteer-led little libraries. Through Little Free Library book exchanges, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds. Check their website to find a Little Free Library near you!



FAMILY, Inc. provides public health and family support services to women, children and families in Pottawattamie and Mills Counties. It is FAMILY’s primary goal to assist parents in becoming their child’s first and most influential teacher through education, empowerment, and wellness.

Resources for Educators

Information for educators and early literacy professionals

Colorado Public Libraries Early Literacy Framework

This Early Literacy Framework for Colorado public libraries is intended to point to the next level of early literacy in public libraries for 2020 through 2025. The Colorado State Library recognizes that libraries prioritize their funds, staff, and resources based on their local needs and goals even as they have varied resources, funding, and staff for early literacy.

National Center on Improving Literacy

Find evidence-based approaches and effective professional development to screen, identify, and teach students with literacy-related difficulties.

DIBS for Kids

DIBS for Kids is a nonprofit headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. They build software that supports teachers to send more books home with their students and, in turn, make significant literacy gains in the classroom.

Bay Area Discovery Museum

The Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) is a one of a kind, interactive, learning museum, whos work is backed by intensive research. This research, shared freely on their website, will help Early Childhood professionals better understand the everchanging learning landscape.


Education Amplifier

Education Amplifier provides free artwork, lesson plans and teaching tools that help facilitate non-partisan conversations around social justice in K-12 classrooms. 

Saroj Ghoting

Saroj Ghoting is an Early Childhood Literacy Consultant and national trainer on early literacy. She has presented early literacy training and information sessions at national, regional, and state conferences, and training for library staff and their partners. Her extensive Early Literacy research is useful to all Early Childhood professionals

Urban Thinkscape

Urban Thinkscape brings the benefits of playful learning, which combines the enjoyable nature of play with a learning goal, to a community setting. Examples include puzzles at bus stops that stimulate spatial skills; movable parts on park benches that become opportunities for exploring language, color, and numbers while on-site signage and this website connect families to additional information and resources about the links between play and learning.