Resources for Early Learning

A bright start for families during a crucial development stage

Chicago Public Library children’s spaces are filled with colorful books and toys, moveable furniture, and programs that draw on the five practices of early literacy: Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play. Together, these free resources encourage families to start preparing children for speaking and reading success from the very earliest, and most formative, moments of their lives. Next time you are in a CPL branch, keep an ear open for the “sounds of learning”—the talking, singing, clapping, and laughing that mean our littlest patrons and their parents are very hard at work building a brighter future.

In-branch programming at Chicago Public Library is currently suspended as a safety precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, we encourage patrons to engage with our Library’s robust suite of free virtual and take-away resources for children and families.

Learn the impact of your support. Read the 2019 Impact Report here.


the practices of early literacy infusing every space and program


branches offer early learning programs


children from birth to age 5 enjoyed 3,460 programs in 2017


families join the PNC-supported Words to Grow On program in Englewood, Pilsen, and Little Village