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Local Memorandum of Understanding

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EXAMPLE OF A LOCAL MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

(Please modify the services listed below in accordance with the time and staffing capabilities of your local Library and Head Start Center.)


Name of Local Public Library _____________________________________________________________

Name of Local Head Start Center __________________________________________________________

With a goal that all Head Start Children enter school ready to learn, the ___________________ Library enters a partnership with the _____________________ Head Start Center to serve preschool children in _______________ (county or city).

The ________________ Library will strive to:

  1. Create and maintain an avenue for continuing exchange of information and ideas with the _____________ Head Start Center through written and verbal communication.
  2. Promote group visits of Head Start students, families, and teachers to the library.
  3. Provide library programs for Head Start students.
  4. Campaign to ensure that every Head Start child, family member, and teacher receives a library card.
  5. Provide resources such as books, puppet kits, audiovisuals, and other educational materials.
  6. Create deposit collections of books, including Big Books and board books for the _____________ Head Start Center.
  7. Provide programs for Head Start parents and teachers on the importance of reading to children from birth to promote a love of books and life-long learning.
  8. Provide programs for Head Start teachers on topics such as how to read and tell stories effectively to children and how to fully utilize library materials in a variety of formats.
  9. Seek grant funding for special projects such as free book distributions.
  10. Actively seek creative means of inclusion of children with special needs in all areas of service and programming.

The ____________________ Center will strive to:

  1. Create and maintain an avenue for continuing exchange of information and ideas through written and verbal communication with the _________ Library.
  2. Promote the library card campaign to students, families, and staff.
  3. Promote the use of library services and resources to students, families, and staff.
  4. Promote attendance and participation in library programs and activities to students and families.
  5. Discuss appropriate use of library services and resources with children and families.

Signed:

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Name of Librarian

Name of Representative

   

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Title of Librarian

Title of Head Start Representative

   

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Name of Library

Name of Head Start Center

   

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Date

Date

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