Moms and dads of young children play the most pivotal role in setting the stage for a child’s emotional and intellectual growth, and it all starts from the moment a baby is born! The simple actions of talking to and singing with babies help build children’s brain connections, which puts them on the right track to learning. Reading to them, even before they learn to talk, engages them further and strengthens those bonds.

Because of the importance of those early months and years, the library takes seriously its job to support early childhood initiatives and positive parenting programs and that help parents keep children stay engaged with and learning about the world around them.

WCPL hosts weekly library programs for parents with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well as other special activities for families during the year. No registration is needed for the weekly programs; you are welcome to drop in at any time! But because special activities may have space limitations, registration is sometimes required.

If you want to provide the foundational skills for helping a child reach his fill potential, it’s never too late to start. And just as learning begins before formal education does, developing early literacy skills begins long before reading takes place. Visit the library, and let us help you with that! You can also explore these sites to access valuable resources to assist with your child’s learning journey:

Parents as Teachers

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Reach Out And Read

Reading Rockets