Early Learning Development Event Information Form

Thank you for partnering with Denver Public Library’s Early Learning Department (ELD) to educate and empower adults in the Denver community about early child development. We are excited to work together to help Denver’s youngest learners to thrive and build the foundation for later school success! Our free, research-based workshops reach thousands of parents, caregivers, educators, and children each year; we are excited to work with your organization.

We have developed this Event Agreement to help ensure clear communication, clear expectations, and a successful event! Fill out this form and a member of our team will contact you as soon as possible.

Questions? Contact us at 720-865-1305 or eld@denverlibrary.org.

The Early Learning Department agrees to:

  • Provide the activity you have marked below for the length of time indicated.
  • Bring books for attendees to take home.
  • Provide an opportunity for attendees to sign up for library cards.
  • Provide information about library resources.
  • Confirm event details 48 hours prior to event. 

Partner Agency agrees to: 

  • Provide childcare and/or inform caregivers that workshop is best for adults unless a Create to Learn event is requested.
  • Inform ELD Contact of language needs of workshop attendees. Currently, ELD can accommodate Spanish and English speakers.
  • Inform ELD Contact if you will provide interpreters. 
  • Inform ELD Contact of technology available, if any (projector screen, projector, smart board, etc.).
  • Publicize event to prospective audience. 
  • Provide ELD Contact with estimated attendance 48 hours prior to event. 
  • Inform ELD Contact of any changes to location, schedule, or attendance at confirmation time. 
About the Workshops
All workshops are 45+ minutes unless indicated otherwise.

Workshops for Educators and Professionals: using the five early literacy practices - Read, Write, Talk, Sing, Play - as a basis for learning, teachers will walk away with fun, research-based strategies they can immediately implement in their classrooms.

Workshops for Parents and Caregivers: these workshop are for caregivers and will cover early child development and information on all or some of the five Early Learning Activities that caregivers can do (and are likely already doing) that will help build their child’s brain - Read, Write, Talk, Sing, and Play. Some workshops may focus on one Early Learning Activity in particular.

Workshops for families with their Children: These interactive sessions for children and their adults offer fun activities and whole body play for children of all abilities, birth to 6 years old, and their parents/caregivers – all designed to strengthen children’s early language, cognitive, and social development while encouraging interaction and engagement between the caregiver and child. Children and their adults need to be present.

Workshop primary audience is:
Please Note: The Early Learning Department reserves the right to cancel or reschedule if anticipated attendance is fewer than 5 adults or 4 families.
Workshop Event Request

(For parents, caregivers, educators, and professionals) Explores the important role of parents as their child’s first teacher and provides an overview of five familiar, everyday practices (talking, reading, singing, writing and playing) that teachers, parents and other caregivers can use to support early literacy skill development.

(For parents, caregivers, educators, and professionals) Find out what children need to prepare them to learn and love to read, the importance of these pre-literacy abilities and how to help children acquire these basic skills. Learn about activities that will prepare children to succeed in school and that adults and children can enjoy together.

(For parents, caregivers, educators, and professionals) Children are designed to communicate from birth and depend on the adults in their life as conversation partners. Discover how language development begins in utero and how communicating early in life is directly connected to a child’s proficiency with later skills, from reading to understanding computers.

(For parents, caregivers, educators, and professionals) Discover the relationship between hearing and language, the benefits of music and tips on how to help your child acquire skills through the use of music. We’ll provide you with popular songs and activities you can enjoy together.

(For parents, caregivers, educators, and professionals) This research-based presentation stresses the critical role of play in children’s development. You will learn the importance of play to develop the foundational skills your children need to succeed in school. Discover how young children learn best, how you can support this development and have fun learning new practices with traditional activities and new technologies.

(For parents, caregivers, educators, and professionals) Discuss activities that help children get ready to write and explore some new ideas and activities you can enjoy together. Many of these simple activities play a huge role in your child’s development and can be easily implemented in the ECE class or in your family’s routines.

(For parents, caregivers, educators, and professionals) Explore the concept that how we read to children is as important as how frequently we read to them. You’ll develop an understanding of the research-based Dialogic Reading strategy for reading aloud with young children as well as how to use this technique at home or in the classroom.

(For parents, caregivers, educators, and professionals) Hear about the latest books for children from birth–five, including our favorite picture, nonfiction and concept books published in the last two years. We’ll discuss how these books support development of pre-reading skills while encouraging parents and caregivers to sing, play, read, write and talk with their children.

(For parents, caregivers, educators, and professionals) Hear about the latest books for children in K - 3rd grade, including our favorite nonfiction, graphic novels, beginning reader and picture books published in the last two years. We’ll discuss how these books can help parents and caregivers support their developing readers' fluency, background knowledge, comprehension, decoding and reading motivation.

(For parents, caregivers, educators, and professionals) In our ever-changing world, kids are being exposed to screens and technology at a young age. Learn what experts recommend and how to create a balance for your family. The latest apps will also be explored and each family will leave with a personalized family media plan.

(For parents, caregivers, educators, and professionals) Learn the why's and how's of incorporating movement in your class. Discover the background knowledge to why movement is critical for early learning. Share and explore new ways to include movement into your instruction. Creating an environment where movement is part of the daily routine can also help support positive behavior by allowing children to get their “wiggles” out in a healthy, constructive way!

(For parents, caregivers, educators, and professionals) At this session we will discuss early brain and language development and participants will engage in hands-on activities that can be easily replicated to support early childhood development. Attendees will learn how newborns and toddlers develop as well as simple and fun ways to talk, sing, read, play and write with infants and toddlers to promote healthy brain and language development.

(For educators and professionals) A game about the powerful role of relationships on early brain development. The Brain Architecture Game is a tabletop game experience that builds understanding of the powerful role of experiences on early brain development – what promotes it, what derails it, with what consequences for society. Thinking about how everyday circumstances shape children’s brains can help us reflect on how we can promote healthy brain growth through our daily interactions with children! (90 minutes)

(For families with their children) Enjoy art with your child and help them develop fine motor skills and curiosity using a wide variety of materials. Geared towards 6 month to 5 year olds who love to get messy with art.

(For families with their children) Come and check out all the musical instruments we have at the library, create your own and explore how music has an important role in brain development.

(For families with their children) Explore how books are made, create your very own title, and have fun with all the different tools you can use to design the perfect addition to your collection. Ideal for ages 2 to 6.

(For families with their children) Children and caregiver will have the opportunity to show off their moves around the disco ball and enjoy different music styles while they discover the importance of movement when developing early learning skills. Ideal for ages birth to 6.

(For families with their children) Adults and children will connect through a series of mindfulness activities, fun stretches, and relationship-building partner poses. Learn skills to cultivate mindful practices and make a calming glitter Mindfulness Jar to take the practice home with you. Ideal for ages 1-6.

(For families with their children) Storytimes are for caregivers and children together. ELD representative will model best practices when reading aloud with children. Ideal for ages birth to 6.

Due to high demand, 4 weeks notice required for all requests.
Language

Two sessions, same room, one after the other. DPL will send one staff member.

Spanish in one room and in English in another room at the same time. The organization will provide two different spaces and DPL will send two presenters.

Spanish and English in the same room with an interpreter. The organization will need to provide a professional interpreter.

Technology (select the ones that you have available for us to use)
Audience

Mark this option if only adults will be present during the session.

Mark this option if you selected a Create to Learn Session or a Storytime Demonstration. Caregivers and children are present during the whole session.

Children Ages
Please include any other details not mentioned above.
Have you requested a presentation in the past?