By infusing literacy in its early learning services, Waukegan Public Library will support emerging literacy skill development in children from birth through age seven. By teaching the skills necessary for success in preschool and kindergarten - like colors, shapes, numbers, sequencing, and sorting - Waukegan Public Library will give our community's little ones a strong foundation for future achievement.

Why early learning?

In 2012, a United Way of Lake County study indicated that 59% of kindergarteners sampled from seven of the school district's elementary schools were not level-proficient. And because they suffered from skill gaps in their early education, these students were in danger of falling further behind as they progressed through school.

By providing resources to create a firm foundation in preschool skills, the Library will help prepare children and their parents for school.

Early Learning Services

Waukegan Public Library offers a full spectrum of outcomes-based programming for little ones. These include storytimes (infants through preschoolers) and classes developed by librarians and Library educators, hands-on learning opportunities in our award-winning Early Learning Center, and innovative programs presented in partnership with other organizations committed to supporting early learning development in our community.