The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) initiated the Family Place Libraries™ Project in 2015 to help public libraries address early learning with a goal of ensuring that all children enter school ready and able to learn.
The TSLAC Family Place Libraries™ Project funds tuition for up to two staff members from participating Texas libraries to attend the Family Place Libraries™ Training Institute. The Institute teaches attendees the core elements of the Family Place Libraries™ model and assists them with the beginning stages of developing and maintaining a Family Place Library at their facility. Participating libraries can also expect three years of follow-up and support from the Middle Country Public Library (MCPL) following the training. Tuition for the Institute and follow-up support are provided through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
After attending the Institute, participating Texas libraries are eligible for a grant of $6000 from State funds to assist with the development of their Family Place Libraries™ program.