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Early Literacy

Early literacy is what children know about communication, language—verbal and non-verbal—reading and writing before they can actually read and write.

Resources for Early Childhood Professionals

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  • Educator Library Card - Special Card for Preschool Teachers and Child Care Providers
  • Career and Educational Databases
  • Databases for Young Children

Educator Library Card

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As part of Fairfax County Public Library's commitment to the academic success of teachers and children in Fairfax County, the library offers a special library card called the Educator Library Card to all preschool through post-secondary public and private school teachers, as well as homeschool parents and guardians teaching in Fairfax County or the City of Fairfax.

With an Educator Library Card, educators can keep books for six weeks and borrow up to 30 items. Late, damaged or lost fees do apply and the card expires annually. Educators may renew if the account is free of fines and overdue materials.

How do you get an Educator Library Card? Bring to any branch proof of your address and educator status. Proof of educator status includes official school identification, homeschool certification or preschool verification.

If you have any questions, please send an email to  

Career and Educational Databases

Lifelong education and learning is among the County's key strategic focus areas and Fairfax County Public Library offers online resources for continuing education and enjoyment. Most sites require a library card for use outside the library.

  • LearningExpress Library provides practice tests, tutorials and eBooks to prepare for academic and licensing tests. Coverage spans elementary school skills through adult job skills and citizenship test preparation.
  • for Libraries provides access to 10,000 online courses geared toward business, technology and creative fields. Lynda is also available through a mobile app. To access, be sure to select the Organization tab and then input as the WebPortal.
  • Universal Class brings libraries lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter. Universal Class includes videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and options for social media interaction with other learners. Patrons may take multiple classes and learn at their own pace.

Databases for Young Children

Fairfax County Public Library offers online resources for education and enjoyment. Most sites require a library card for use outside the library.

  • Early World of Learning introduces children to core early concepts through stories, songs, videos, games, and printable activities. Read-along stories are available in English and Spanish.
  • Gale in Contex: Elementary meets research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a graphic interface, a subject search, and full-text, age-appropriate magazines and newspapers on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
  • Scholastic Go! provides credible, accurate, reliable content on almost every core-curricula subject, Scholastic GO!® offers endless resources for research in a multitude of media. Explore nonfiction texts, world newspapers, videos and more with this easy-to-navigate digital resource designed to strengthen content knowledge, vocabulary, and core proficiency skills.
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