Child Care is Everywhere: How Libraries Can Develop, Strengthen, and Support Child Care Part III: Developing and Supporting Child Care Programs

By   10/16/2019
11/19/2019 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Child Care is Everywhere: How Libraries Can Develop, Strengthen, and Support Child Care Part III: Developing and Supporting Child Care Programs


In our final sessions, we will discuss several programs and services that exist in many communities that support and develop child, many of which are ready and willing to partner with libraries. Cynthia Pearson will discuss her IMLS funded project “Growing Providers,” a library-based program to help individuals navigate the process to becoming a licensed home-based child care program.

Learning Outcomes

1- Upon completion, participants will be able to identify organizations in their community to support child care providers.
2- Upon completion, participants will be able to identify and analyze the needs of home-based  child care providers and see them small business owners.
3- Upon completion, participants will learn about a toolkit to allow them implement a child care development program

Who Should Attend

Children’s librarians, public library administrators, all library staff serving child care providers.


Christine Caputo is the Youth Services Administrator for The Free Library of Philadelphia, where she has worked for over 25 years. She currently oversees city-wide programming for children, teens, and families, which includes ongoing programs and services and several grant-funded and special projects. Some of these programs include: the LEAP Out-of-School-Time Program, the Summer of Wonder programming, early literacy programming like the Literacy in Early Learning Programs Initiative, and the Read, Baby, Read program for infants and toddlers, and more. Christine has a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in library science, and a master’s degree in early childhood education. She has been a member of ALA and ALSC for almost 30 years, and has presented at several local and national conferences on library and literacy related topics.

Christina Ferrari is the Children’s Librarian at Brooklyn Public Library’s Bedford Branch and has worked with the early childhood population for over 15 years. Christina regularly facilitates staff training programs and parent workshops on an array of topics. Some of her notable workshops include Everyone Serves Youth, Every Child Ready to Read, and Remix Academy, which trains staff to implement successful DJ programs in their branch. Most recently, she has piloted the Nanny and Me program, guiding caregivers to earn a certificate in early literacy practices. Christina also serves as Co-Chair of BPL’s Family Web Committee and BKLYN Kids Blog.

Rachel Payne is the Coordinator of Early Childhood Services at Brooklyn Public Library where she leads the BPL’s award-winning First Five Years initiative. She is a contributor to Reading with Babies, Toddlers, and Twos (Sourcebooks, 2013) and Library Services Birth: Delivering the Best Start (Facet, 2015). She has written for School Library Journal, where she co-authors the “First Steps” column, Library Trends, Kirkus, and The Horn Book blog “Calling Caldecott.” She served on the 2009 Caldecott Award Selection Committee and chaired the 2016 Committee. She has presented on early literacy at ALA, PLA, Bank Street Infancy Institute, Young Child Expo, and at other professional gatherings and regularly leads staff trainings on early literacy at BPL at beyond.

Cynthia Pearson has nurtured and supported child care providers in NYC for over 20 years. She developed child care support programs, particularly in the areas of early literacy, at the Center for Children’s Initiatives (formerly Child Care Inc.).Additionally, she has certification to provide professional development as a New York State Verified Trainer and Professional Development Specialist with the Council for Professional Recognition (CDA). Cynthia came to BPL in 2018 to launch Growing Providers, where she is nurturing child care providers in three different Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Jessica Ralli is Early Literacy Programs Coordinator at Brooklyn Public Library. Jessica Ralli received her M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, specializing in play-based, emergent and inclusive curriculum development for toddlers and preschoolers. As a museum educator, she helped develop and implement hands-on, experiential learning programs for children and adults with disabilities. Jessica currently coordinates grant-funded Early Literacy Programs at Brooklyn Public Library, including their popular Ready, Set, Kindergarten! program for preschoolers and storytimes in over 10 languages. She has written for School Library Journal, where she co-writes the “First Steps” column, and Library Trends and presented at the Young Child Expo and Conference and ALA Annual Conference.

Eva Shapiro is the Manager of Early Childhood Education at the New York Public Library. She has 10 years of experience working in the early childhood field and holds a M.S. in Early Childhood and Special Education from Hunter College. Her experience includes working in Pre-K special education, digital early childhood curriculum development, teacher support and training. She received the Leadership Award in 2018 at her institution. She has successfully designed and presented professional development in numerous areas, including mandatory best practice trainings for all staff.

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