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Better Beginnings – Sing With Me

The research project will evaluate the impact of the Better Beginnings Sing With Me program developed by the

State Library of WA (SLWA) as part of a suite of Better Beginnings programs. Sing With Me was introduced by the SLWA as a pilot program in 2016, aimed at two year olds and their parents, available at participating libraries. The Sing With Me program introduces children to developmentally appropriate books and language activities; supports parents as their child's first teacher; raises awareness of the value of reading together; and links families to the range of free services available at their local library. The evaluation will involve qualitative and quantitive methodology involving librarians, parents/carers, program partners and stakeholders involved in the development and implementation of Sing With Me.

The aim of the research is to:

  1. Evaluate the implementation and outcomes of the Sing With Me program for parents/carers, program outreach partners and stakeholders.
  2. Identify the relationship between libraries and program outreach partners, libraries in the same community and Sing With Me and other Better Beginnings programs.

Funding agency

State Library of Western Australia (SLWA)

Project duration

January 2017 - July 2018


Professor Caroline Barratt-Pugh
Dr Natalie Leitão

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