This week, we speak with Suzanne Flint, child development specialist and principal architect of the California State Library's early learning initiative. Ayelet sat down with Suzanne to discuss what public libraries are doing to promote library programs for babies, toddlers and families.
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Suzanne Flint is a child development specialist with a Masters in Health Education. She has over 30 years of experience working directly with children and families as well as in leadership roles with nonprofit organizations and public agencies, helping families navigate a full array of information and educational needs. During her 18 years at Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, she created one of the nation's first consumer health libraries and started California Reach Out And Read, a statewide pediatric early literacy program, in which she developed unique partnerships between medical clinics and public libraries. She joined the staff of the California State Library in 2005 where she has developed a number of nationally recognized resource tools, professional development trainings, and grant funding opportunities. Currently, she is the principal architect of the State Library's early learning initiative, Early Learning with Families @ the Library (ELF). As a part of this initiative and in collaboration with the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Ms. Flint has helped to develop a professional development curriculum specifically for library staff based on the Touchpoints model of strengthening family-child relationships. The ultimate goal of the ELF initiative is to support the continued evolution and advancement of library services to young children and families - helping to create services that are developmentally appropriate and family inclusive.