The Family Connections Library
Vision: “A learning community where all children have an opportunity for success.”
Mission: “To support young children and the adults in their lives to grow, learn and imagine in positive ways.”
Family Connection Library is a collaboration of multiple agencies and programs working together to promote early learning and healthy development in young children, by making early childhood support and family stability resources readily available for families and caregivers at the Cedar Rapids Public Library.
The Family Connections Library office is located at:
the downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library
First Floor, Children's Librarian Offices
450 Fifth Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
To date, thirteen public and private agencies have signed an agreement to dedicate time, staff and services for young children and families at the library. Services offered over the next year through the Family Connection Library will include classes for early care teachers/child care providers, parenting resources, activities for children, developmental screenings and a teacher work space.
The Family Connections Library grew out of Priority #4 of the 15-In-Five initiative, begun in 2005. A lengthy community planning process resulted in the development of this “early childhood hub” within the new library for young children, parents and caregivers.
For more information about the Family Connections Library, contact Kathy Wimer, firstname.lastname@example.org or at 319-540-2426.
Community Partners in the Family Connections Library
Cedar Rapids Communiy School District
Cedar Rapids Public Library
Child Care Resource and Referral
CR Association for the Education of Young Children
Grant Wood Area Education Alliance
Hawkeye Area Community Action Program
Horizons, A Family Service Alliance
ISU Extension and Outreach
Linn County Child & Youth Development Services
Linn County Early Childhood Iowa
Linn County Public Health
Parent Education Consortium
United Way of East Central Iowa
Young Parents Network
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