How can the Lorain Public Library System help me prepare my child for kindergarten?

The Lorain Public Library System provides a variety of resources and services to help you make sure that your child is prepared for kindergarten.

  • Did you know that books are specifically formatted to help your children learn to read? Picture books are the building blocks for young readers as they promote literacy, vocabulary skills, sentence structure and story analysis. Picture books introduce many more words than those used in day-to-day communication. In addition, there a picture that are specially designed to help your child learn the letter, number, colors and much more.
  • Story times are specifically formatted to help teach your child early literacy skills. Story times are so much more than just the reading of books. They are the planting of seeds for lifelong learning, the awakening of imagination, and the widening of mind and spirit.
  • ABC Mouse (in-library use only): This award-winning educational website provides learning activities for children ages 2 and up, with interactive books, games, puzzles and other learning activities across all major subject areas — reading, math, science, social studies, art and music.
  • BookFlix: Is an online literary resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks. Try out these online books for preschoolers through third-graders.
  • Early Childhood Learning Backpacks: These backpacks encourage literacy with a variety of books, games, puzzles and cards while focusing on several different themes such as emotions, sound community and the solar system.
  • Readalongs: Available in Wonderbook and VOX Books brand, these print books come with an audiobook inside that allows patrons to follow along as they read. Available in picture book, early readers, chapter books and nonfiction format, these books also include comprehension questions at the end.
  • Launchpads: These are preload, safe educational tablets with content and games for users of all ages and do not need to connected to Wi-Fi in order to be used. Topics include literacy, math sciences, art and social skills.
  • LEGOS: Use your library card to build a whole new world. Put your engineering skills to the test and see what you can build from a standard or themed LEGO set.

Additional Resources:

If you have concerns about your child’s development or are looking for resources to help with a particular skill, look no further. Anyone with young children in their life can use this site to learn about the state's early childhood programs and resources, including Early Intervention, Help Me Grow, child care, and preschool. They will also find helpful information including developmental milestones, screenings, emotional wellness tips, and so much more!

Centers for Disease Control: Concerned about your child’s development? If your child is not meeting the milestones for his or her age, talk to your child’s pediatrician and share your concerns. The Centers for Disease Control have developed a Milestone Tracker App or a printable milestone checklist that lists important developmental milestones from birth through age five. These checklists also indicate important red flags that could signifying potential delays.

Day by Day Family Literacy Calendar: The State Library of Ohio launched a Day by Day Family Literacy Calendar which features songs, book suggestions, and other fun activities that can help prepare your children for school

Early Care & Education Search Tool: This tool helps you locate different types of child care and early educational program that meet your needs. You can also learn more about programs’ licensing status, Step Up to Quality rating, and inspection results.

Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center: The Office of Head Start (OHS) helps young children from low-income families prepare to succeed in school through local programs. Head Start and Early Head Start programs promote children's development through services that support early learning, health, and family well-being. The Head Start Locator Tool helps families and caregivers find a Head Start program that meets their needs. For more information, visit Ohio’s Head Start Collaboration Office’s website.

Ohio Department of Education: Welcome to Ohio’s Kindergarten Home Page which provides valuable information about Ohio’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, Ohio Early Learning Assessment. Do you have question about your preschool child with special needs transitioning to kindergarten? If so, use this link to contact the Preschool Special Education Team.

Ohio Early Intervention: The Ohio Department of Health’s Help Me Grow program provides coordinated services to parents of infants and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays in Ohio. Making a referral to Help Me Grow is the first step for parents who have questions or concerns about their infant or child. One referral to Help Me Grow opens the door to many programs that support families including Early Intervention, Home Visiting, Moms and Babies First and the WIC Program.

Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library: Through their partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, they will send every child in Ohio, from birth to age five, a free book each month. Parent Tips series is designed especially for parents and caregivers of young children. Parent Tips provide information for building your child's skills and abilities in different developmental areas. They provide simple strategies and activities to that help you work with your child on specific skills.