Early Learning

Programs for the youngest Library patrons and their families

Significant recent investments include the redesign of, and enhancements for, the children’s library at the Harold Washington Library Center and  the children’s spaces in 14 branch locations across Chicago. The program is funded by a grant to the Chicago Public Library Foundation from Exelon Corporation and a vocabulary-building program for pre-schoolers and their parents called Words to Grow On Chicago that takes place at six branch libraries and is funded by PNC Bank.  In addition, Chicago Public Library Foundation supports ongoing training for children’s librarians and other Library staff to help them keep up to date on the latest thinking about child development and the learning techniques that best support that development. The Brinson Foundation has been a steadfast supporter of this training through grants to the Chicago Public Library Foundation.


practices of early learning are incorporated into each space.


model at the Albany Park Branch inspired the re-design.


Words to Grow On partners: El Valor and Metropolitan Family Services.


branch libraries are participating in the Words to Grow On initiative.