Pre-K Skill Builders
2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner
Loudoun County, Va., VA
About the Program
Category: Children and Youth
Pre-K Skill Builders is a self-paced library program designed to strengthen preschoolers’ school readiness skills, which research has shown to be underdeveloped as a result of pandemic challenges. In the program, children and caregivers explore activities specifically chosen to focus on key areas: early literacy and math concepts, fine and gross motor skills, and social-emotional awareness. Each session includes two or three activities, in which participants can choose to engage for as long as they would like. Loudoun County Public Library (LCPL) staff encourage children’s efforts and caregivers’ questions but let the participants set their own pace. Through intentional play and dialog, children improve foundational skills while caregivers learn how to easily replicate and build on the activities at home. Both children and adults develop confidence and form relationships with others in the community.