Family Place Libraries™ is a network of children's librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at
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Scottsdale Public Library serves a culturally and economically diverse population of 221,000 people. Joining the Family Place Libraries™ network in 2011, trained library staff have created a developmentally appropriate early learning space and materials collections for families with young children and began running the
“Family Place allowed us to develop a more comprehensive array of services for our families with young children,” said Marie Raymond, Family Place Coordinator. After instituting the core components of the Family Place Libraries™ initiative, library staff saw a community need for further education aimed at parents and their very young children. They decided to seek
Through a competitive grant process, First Things First awarded Scottsdale Public Library a Community-Based Parent Education grant that allowed them to offer parenting education courses in the city of Scottsdale as well as throughout the Northeast Maricopa County Region.
First Things First is a voter-approved statewide initiative that uses a portion of tobacco tax dollars to fund programs and services for children ages birth - 5 in the state of Arizona to ensure that they enter school "healthy and ready to succeed."