Our program partners with four mid-Penninsula pediatric clinics (Gardner/Packard, Fair Oaks County Clinic, Mayview Community Clinic, and Ravenswood Family Health Center) to address issues of early education. We strive to increase low-income children's access to books, enriching clinical environments, and school readiness interventions.
The Little Libraries is an undergraduate Cardinal Commitment through the Haas Center of Public Service at Stanford University
We aim to leverage that access by creating "Little Libraries" in the waiting rooms at our local clinics (Fair Oaks, Gardner Packard, Mayview, and Ravenswood) where children can read a book while they wait, and take a book home for free.
Stanford undergraduate students visit the Little Libraries weekly to read with the children in the waiting rooms. Both the volunteers and children enjoy reading and having fun together.
Through the generous support of the Association of Auxiliaries for Children at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (LPCH) Stanford, we have been able to bring Talk, Read, Sing to families in the mid-peninsula. We have distributed Talk, Read, Sing educational materials to families at the Well Baby Nursery at LPCH and at Ravenswood Family Health Center, Fair Oaks Clinic, Gardner Packard Clinic, and the Mayview Community Health Center.
This project is the second phase of the current project “Kinder Ready,” a collaboration between pediatricians, patients, families and school communities aimed at improving school readiness in children under five.
In addition to the Little Libraries, we aim to transform pediatric clinic waiting rooms into early learning environments. We have implemented vibrant and bright early education murals - artistic scenes that promote learning for children - at both Fair Oaks Clinic and Mayview Community Health Center.