The poverty-related attainment gap in Scotland starts in the early years and gets wider over time.
In order to tackle this, it is vital that services work together to deliver on the GIRFEC approach of tackling needs early and joining up with other services and organisations to ensure families are getting the support they need as and when they need it.
ECALM addresses this need for early intervention by offering library membership at 3 key stages throughout the Early Years - at Birth Registration, Nursery and Primary 1 enrolment.
Libraries support key national outcomes for children and young people and directly contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
ECALM also links into other national programmes like Bookbug, Reading Schools, the First Minister’s Reading Challenge and Read, Write, Count to ensure that every child in Scotland has the same opportunity to succeed.