Creating a language-rich environment through stories and songs helps children get ready to read.
Lafayette Kids Ready to Read (LKRTR), an early-literacy initiative, builds partnerships with local child care centers to bring volunteer-led story times and library materials to young children in our community.
LKRT provides preschoolers with stories, songs, rhymes, and activities that support early literacy. LKRT supports caregivers with library materials for classroom use.
Early literacy research in skills development demonstrates that certain practices optimize language and literacy development in preschool children.
Early literacy skills are developed through five practices, major elements of a library story time program. Lafayette Kids Ready to Read is modeled after Every Child Ready to Read , a program of the National Public Library Association.
Become an LKRTR Volunteer
LKRTR volunteer story time leaders
select books, with the assistance of a librarian, and bring them to child care centers. The volunteer presents a story time program 1-2 times a month, and checks out, delivers, and picks up library materials for each center. Apply Now
LKRTR volunteer material couriers
select, deliver, and pick up materials 1-2 times per month for preschools and daycares in Lafayette. Apply Now
Become a Childcare Partner
If you operate an early childhood program in Lafayette and are interested in participating in our program, email program coordinator, Katie Fauvelle or call 303-661-1183.