Teaching Materials for Early Childhood Educators

Babies on Track Teams

Agencies, centers, and parent educators can receive complimentary copies of the Babies on Track DVD and book sets for their families by adding active parent participation to their presentations, along with before and after evaluations. Learn more and find out how to participate >>

Message in a Backpack

Free take-home articles designed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest organization for early childhood educators, especially for preschool teachers to print and share with families.  Also available in Spanish – www.naeyc.org/tyc/backpack.

Teaching MaterialsBook Kits

To serve those who work with and care for infants and toddlers throughout Alaska, the Anchorage Public Library Ready to Read Resource Center provides a free statewide lending service with four types of book kits.

Ready to Read Tubs are filled with 30 to 50 board books and paperback picture books, as well as a resource guide and DVD for child care providers. Book selections vary from tub to tub, and some tubs include materials in languages other than English.

Read to Me at Home Tubs contain 10 small canvas bags with three board books in each bag. The bags can be loaned to families to promote home reading. The books are all different titles, and the book selection varies from tub to tub.

Lapsit Bags are themed storytime kits, containing six books, a CD, puppet/prop, and suggestions for fingerplays, songs, and action rhymes.

Read With Me Bags are themed kits, containing 10 board books, a toy, and early literacy tips and activity cards emphasizing caregiver-child interaction.

Note: Lapsit Bags and Read With Me Bags may be borrowed by individual families.

To borrow materials outside Anchorage, contact your local community library to request an inter-library loan. In communities without a local library, contact Linda Klein, Early Literacy Outreach Coordinator, kleinlm@muni.org or phone (907) 343-2970.

In the Anchorage area, materials may be checked out at Z.J. Loussac Public Library or any branch library.

This project was funded by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Alaska State Library.


“Brain under construction!” posters promoting family-friendly activity guides are available in English/Spanish and English/Yup’ik.

English/Spanish Poster
English/Yup’ik Poster

Additional Resources

Check out our list of Alaska Early Childhood Educator Resources, which include resources and websites Best Beginnings believes may provide useful information to early childhood educators.

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