SCF Libraries Partner with Suncoast Campaign for Grade Level Reading

(Bradenton, Fla., April 28, 2016) —  State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) libraries will partner with the Suncoast Campaign for Grade Level Reading to train facilitators for “Mind in the Making,” an early learning initiative.

Alicia Long, library support specialist, was selected to participate in the inaugural class of the Mind in the Making Facilitator Institute. She was one of only 30 selected to participate in the three-day institute in May. The Patterson Foundation has organized the institute to train community leaders as facilitators for the grade-level reading program.

Once Long has completed training, she will present the program to professionals and families across the region. Long also will help to identify groups who could benefit from the learning modules, including early literacy providers and students in education programs. SCF offers bachelor and associate degrees in Early Childhood Education.  

“Mind in the Making”shares the science of children’s learning with the general public, families and professionals who work with children and families. There is a set of modules that draw on brain development research. Practices are developed based on the research to promote skills that take place in the prefrontal cortex of the brain.

The Seven Essential Skills Training Modules are intended to reach parents, caregivers and early childhood teachers, administrators and staff. The life skills include focus and self-control, communicating, making connections, critical thinking and taking on challenges. Learning together helps parents build a competency and confidence around the science of how children learn. The SCF libraries are committed to supporting the implementation of training programs in the community.   

For information, contact Long at or 941-752-5404. Beth Duda, director of the grade-level reading campaign, can be reached at or 941-952-1413.

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