Strong Foundations For Our Youngest Children

TOOLKIT: BUILDing Supportive Communities with Libraries, Museums, and Early Childhood Systems


This toolkit is the result of a yearlong collaboration between the BUILD Initiative and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Working in five pilot states (Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Washington) that are members of BUILD’s learning community, the project convened leaders from museums, libraries, and early childhood systems to learn together and discuss ways to collaborate.  The project focused on creating strategies for the leaders to pool their talents and resources to strengthen outcomes for children and families and reach those not consistently reached by libraries, museums, and early childhood programs and services.

The toolkit provides a variety of strategies and resources organized around the developmental phases of partnerships and working groups to help leaders:

  •       Develop relationships and shared interests
  •       Understand and articulate opportunities for shared benefit
  •       Design, implement, and assess strategies and action plans

With this guide, museum, library and state early childhood systems leaders can consider strategies that increase not only their own reach and efficacy, but also collaborative approaches that support better developmental outcomes for children and families, particularly for those children and families that have not had the opportunity to consistently benefit from museum, library, and early childhood programs and services. Access the toolkit here.