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. We are able to provide our presentations in-person or virtually via Zoom, Google Meet or similar platforms.

Questions? Email us at eld@denverlibrary.org.

The Early Learning Department agrees to:

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

Partner Agency agrees to:

  • 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.
  • Publicize event to prospective audience.
  • Inform ELD Contact of any changes.

About the Workshops

Using the five early literacy practices - Read, Write, Talk, Sing, Play - as a basis for learning, teachers and caregivers will walk away with fun, research-based strategies they can immediately implement. All workshops are 45+ minutes unless indicated otherwise.

About Create to Learn

These in-person, 30-60 minute sessions, offer fun activities and whole body play for children of all abilities, birth to 5 years old, and their parents/caregivers – all designed to strengthen children’s early language, cognitive, and social development.

Workshop primary audience is:
Workshop Event Request

This short and sweet virtual or in-person presentation covers all the resources currently offered by the Denver Public Library and how to access them. Ideal to be requested as part of a bigger meeting with your community or organization, and perfect to include in your parent meetings and back to school nights. It can also be requested as part of your professional development for teachers.

At this session parents, caregivers and children can enjoy a read aloud session with books, music and lots of fun. Available in Spanish OR English.

In this session, we will explore early literacy pre-birth and build skills that will help expecting parents build a routine that can set up a child and a family for success as well as develop a love for reading. Ideal for expecting parents.

(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) 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) This research-based presentation provides information on brain development and how stress and trauma affect the brain with the goal of creating storytimes and lessons that are responsive to all students. Explore best practices for Trauma Informed / Healing Centered classrooms, including ways to connect with students, soothing songs and energetic activities to help with brain development, and practices to improve self-regulation. (90 minutes)

(For parents, caregivers, educators, and professionals) Children of all ages can benefit from mindfulness. Learn about the effects of mindfulness on brain function and development while also enjoying the practice. Throughout the workshop, we’ll demonstrate different breathing, song, and movement activities that are appropriate for children 1-8 years old to help you implement mindfulness into your daily lives with children.

Children and caregivers 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.

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.

Connect with your little one through a series of mindfulness activities, fun stretches, and relationship-building partner poses. Learn skills to cultivate mindful practices at home. OPTIONAL: Let us know in the comments if you’d also like to include a calming glitter Mindfulness Jar craft for participants to take home, too. Ideal for ages 1-6.

Enjoy art with your child and help them develop fine motor skills and curiosity using a wide variety of materials. Attendees will discover the joy of process versus product. Geared towards 6 month to 5 year olds who love to get messy with art.

Play and connect with your child using basic items like scarves and shakers. Caregivers will be guided and explore how to play with their children and discover a variety of techniques that focus on sensory development they can practice at home. This workshop can be offered both for babies/pre-walkers or totally mobile children.

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