North Dakota does not fund preschool, but the state’s superintendent of public instruction is working with her team to kickstart a kindergarten readiness program called Waterford UPSTART, which provides computers and broadband connection to rural families at no cost to them.
Libraries have become a hub for more than just books. Through leveraging resources, libraries have worked to foster community-based learning in building critical thinking and problem-solving skills through STEM experiences.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act was written into law on March 27 to provide economic assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the provisions set forth by the act, the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, provides $13 billion of funding to K-12 schools to support their response to the coronavirus. However, some confusion remains about how exactly these funds can be spent.
Libraries have been a place to check out books for centuries. However, checking out things like telescopes or board games would have been unthinkable. Now, its something that is expected of libraries, which are evolving into “libraries of things.”
Despite living in a digitized era, millennials were found to be the age group most likely to use public libraries, according to Pew Research Center. This could be because libraries are evolving to keep up with new technology and tools as it becomes mainstream.