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Brooklyn Public Library

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) serves the borough’s 2.5 million residents, offering thousands of public programs, millions of books and use of more than 1,100 free internet-accessible computers. BPL offers innovative public programs that e… 

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) serves the borough’s 2.5 million residents, offering thousands of public programs, millions of books and use of more than 1,100 free internet-accessible computers. BPL offers innovative public programs that encourage reading and academic achievement.

Find East New York Reads partnership programs at the Arlington, New Lots, and Cypress Hills library branches.

We offer:

  • Diverse programs for all ages such as story hours and ready for kindergarten workshops
  • Multilingual programs and staff
  • Library card sign up
  • Help for families to access countless resources provided by the library including books, ebooks, movies, and learning databases
  • Free homework assistance for all grades through Brainfuse
  • Support for schools to expand children’s exposure to the library and literacy through workshops, trips to the library, and guest authors
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City Year

City Year believes that all students can succeed and that developing the skills and mindsets of children and young adults contributes to strong, vibrant communities—outcomes that benefit all of us. City Year provides academic support and … 

City Year believes that all students can succeed and that developing the skills and mindsets of children and young adults contributes to strong, vibrant communities—outcomes that benefit all of us. City Year provides academic support and afterschool services for struggling public schools, with the goal of increasing graduation rates for students. To address the dropout crisis, City Year deploys teams of AmeriCorps members—idealistic, diverse, and energetic 17-24 year-olds – who work closely with youth to improve their attendance, behavior, and course performance in math and literacy.

In East New York Reads, City Year is active at PS 158. AmeriCorps members serve full-time as student success coaches, who partner with classroom teachers to help students cultivate key social, emotional and academic skills that are important in school and in life. Classrooms and students are identified by the school administration for participation in City Year support programming.

We offer:

  • Student success coaches (AmeriCorps members) that work in partnership with classroom teachers
  • Help to create environments where students can build on their strengths, take risks in their learning and feel connected to their school community
  • Support for students to stay on track to graduate by improving their course performance, attendance and behavior
  • One-on-one or small group tutoring and mentoring and additional support in classroom instruction
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Jumpstart

Jumpstart, a leading national early education organization gives children the “jumpstart” they need in life. Operating with a focus on direct service, impact, and scale, Jumpstart’s mission is to work toward the day every child in Ame… 

Jumpstart, a leading national early education organization gives children the “jumpstart” they need in life. Operating with a focus on direct service, impact, and scale, Jumpstart’s mission is to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Since its founding in 1993, Jumpstart has known that the relationship formed by well-trained caring adults to work with young children results in a certain magic. Our unique approach – training adults to implement an evidence-based curriculum with young children in a preschool setting – gives children the relationships, skills and resources they need to be prepared for a successful educational career, and indeed, for life.

Jumpstart is an active part of the East New York Reads community through collaboration with local branch libraries including Arlington, New Lots and Cypress Hills and in partnership with Reads Initiative partners delivering public programming.

As part of South Jamaica Reads, Jumpstart works with children in the classroom and after school to increase early language and literacy skills to ensure Kindergarten readiness. Program locations include PS 40, PS 48, and PS 160. Jumpstart also collaborates with other Reads Initiative partners delivering public programs in the community. Children’s participation is based on selection by the school’s teachers and principals.

We offer:

  • Reduced student teacher ratios and enhanced support for young children by pairing early learners with College Corps Members – passionate students from local colleges or universities who are trained in Jumpstart’s curriculum
  • Programming twice per week with a focus on oral language development and social emotional language skills
  • Training and support for college students to engage with early learners (College Corps members who support South Jamaica Reads generally study at York College and St. John’s University)
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Literacy Inc

Literacy Inc. (LINC) believes when a child reads, a community succeeds. Our Community Literacy Model, connects resources that already exist in the community including schools, libraries, day care centers, and local businesses to surround fa… 

Literacy Inc. (LINC) believes when a child reads, a community succeeds. Our Community Literacy Model, connects resources that already exist in the community including schools, libraries, day care centers, and local businesses to surround families with literacy-rich environments that provide literacy support over the first five years of a child’s life. Through our work, parents learn simple literacy building activities that can be used to guide their children to become enthusiastic readers who achieve their lifetime goals. Our programs are free of charge and many are open to the public.

As part of South Jamaica Reads you can find LINC at PS 40, PS 48, PS 160, the South Jamaica, Baisley Park, and Queens Central library branches, and in other non-profit and public spaces in the community.

As part of East New York Reads you can find LINC at PS 158 and PS 202, the Arlington, New Lots, and Cypress Hills branch libraries, and other non-profit and public spaces in the community.

We offer:

  • Opportunities to enjoy read alouds with related activities and tips about making reading and early literacy part of every family’s daily routine
  • Single and multi-session educational events that support parents and other role models in a child’s life to feel confident that have the knowledge and skills to support their child’s school readiness
  • The Very Involved Parent Program – parents and other role models in the community complete training to become literacy ambassadors called VIP who work alongside LINC staff to implement high quality programs that truly meet
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ParentChild+

ParentChild+ works to close the achievement gap by giving parents tools, skills, and encouragement to prepare their children for school success. The evidence-based program provides a two-year cycle of twice weekly home visits to two-to-four… 

ParentChild+ works to close the achievement gap by giving parents tools, skills, and encouragement to prepare their children for school success. The evidence-based program provides a two-year cycle of twice weekly home visits to two-to-four-year-olds and their parents. Using books and educational toys that are gifts to the family, trained home visitors model reading, play, and conversation activities, building language-rich home environments, increasing positive parent-child interaction, and developing pre-literacy and social-emotional skills that are essential for school success.

As part of East New York Reads, the program is delivered by Rising Ground. Children ages 16 months – 4 years old and their parents living in zip codes 11208 and 11207 are eligible for the program.

As part of South Jamaica Reads, the program is delivered by Child Center of New York. Children ages 16 months – 4 years old and their parents living in zip codes 11433, 11434, and 11435 are eligible for the program.

We offer:

  • Home Learning Specialists who make biweekly visits to the family’s home over a 2-year period where they model reading, play, and conversation activities for parents and caregivers
  • Books and educational toys that support school readiness
  • Connections to other social and educational services and support enrolling into quality preschool programs
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Queens Public Library

Queens Public Library (QPL) transforms lives and builds strong communities by cultivating personal and intellectual growth. QPL serves the borough’s 2.3 million residents, offering thousands of public programs, millions of books, and use … 

Queens Public Library (QPL) transforms lives and builds strong communities by cultivating personal and intellectual growth. QPL serves the borough’s 2.3 million residents, offering thousands of public programs, millions of books, and use of more than 1,000 free internet-accessible computers. QPL offers innovative public programs that encourage reading including: Summer Reading, Toddler Learning Centers for early learners, homework assistance for school-aged children, family literacy programs and educational collections, references and materials. Through all of this, QPL contributes to an empowered society that is vibrant, informed, and cohesive.

All Queens Public library programs are open to the public. Find South Jamaica Reads partnership programs at the South Jamaica, Baisley Park, and Queens Central branch libraries.

We offer:

  • Fun, educational, literacy and cultural programs for the whole family
  • Multilingual programs and staff
  • Library card sign up
  • Homework help free of charge for students in all grades
  • Access to many resources including books, ebooks, movies, and learning databases
  • Opportunities to engage with students at local schools
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Reach Out and Read of Greater New York

Reach Out and Read of Greater New York (ROR GNY) prepares children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals inc… 

Reach Out and Read of Greater New York (ROR GNY) prepares children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals incorporate Reach Out and Read’s evidence-based model into regular pediatric checkups, by talking to parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally-appropriate books to children. The program begins at the six-month checkup and continues through age 5. Families served by Reach Out and Read read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and a six-month developmental edge. This provides a solid foundation for success in school.

South Jamaica Reads families may find ROR GNY at three NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health locations: Springfield Gardens, South Queens, and Parsons.

East New York Reads families may find ROR GNY at: Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health and The Brookdale Family Care Center.

We offer:

  • A free book for eligible families beginning at a baby’s six-month checkup and continuing through age five
  • Literacy tips and information from healthcare providers
  • Support for families to build their home library and continue reading together
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Read Alliance

Read Alliance Read Alliance (READ) works to accelerate the educational trajectory of early elementary students through the power of teens who provide one-to-one literacy tutoring. READ’s dual-impact model addresses the achievement gap for… 

Read Alliance Read Alliance (READ) works to accelerate the educational trajectory of early elementary students through the power of teens who provide one-to-one literacy tutoring. READ’s dual-impact model addresses the achievement gap for young students while engaging youth in serving their communities as paid reading tutors. Read Alliance provides students with the building blocks to academic success. While early literacy remains at the core of our mission, our unique model also employs teens to tutor their younger peers, tackling a secondary challenge of youth unemployment, particularly among low-income, young people of color. READ students receive the one-to-one support in foundational reading skills they require to catch up to their peers, and gain the confidence to thrive academically in their classrooms. READ TeenLeaders gain meaningful after school and summer employment, become economically empowered, gain college focus, learn important professional skills, and serve as role models for their younger counterparts. READ works with students in Kindergarten – 2nd grade. Students are selected for participation by teachers and school administrators.

As part of East New York Reads we are active at PS 202.

As part of South Jamaica Reads we are active at PS 40, PS 48, and PS 160.

We offer:

  • A one-to-one learning opportunity twice-a-week after school for 45 sessions led by high school Teen Leaders
  • Reading instruction and homework help
  • Youth employment and professional skills for teens recruited from local high schools
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Reading Partners

Reading Partners Reading Partners students become lifelong readers. Empowered community volunteers are connected to elementary students in kindergarten – 4th grade for individualized one-on-one tutoring. Sessions are delivered twice per w… 

Reading Partners Reading Partners students become lifelong readers. Empowered community volunteers are connected to elementary students in kindergarten – 4th grade for individualized one-on-one tutoring. Sessions are delivered twice per week for 45 minutes and result in proud confident readers, excited about learning and ready for success.Through this work Reading Partners helps ensure that every child in NYC has the literacy skills needed to reach their full potential in the classroom and beyond.

Our work with East New York Reads takes place at PS 202 and PS 158. Participation is based on suggestions from school teachers and administrators.

Our work with South Jamaica Reads Reads takes place at PS 40, PS 48 and PS160.. Participation is based on suggestions from school teachers and administrators.

We offer:

  • One-on-one tutoring twice per week during 45 minute sessions
  • Trained community volunteers who work individually with students in K-4th grade
  • An easy-to-use curriculum to help students gain the skills needed to be independent and successful readers
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Springboard Collaborative

Springboard Collaborative coaches teachers and parents to help kids close the gap of grade-level reading performance. We help schools to dramatically improve outcomes by harnessing the untapped potential in family engagement. Teachers and p… 

Springboard Collaborative coaches teachers and parents to help kids close the gap of grade-level reading performance. We help schools to dramatically improve outcomes by harnessing the untapped potential in family engagement. Teachers and parents set goals together, practice evidence-based reading strategies, measure progress, and celebrate success through a 5-10 week Family-Educator Learning Accelerator (FELA). Additional Summer and Afterschool programs build lasting internal capacity. Through these diverse programs, children become stronger readers, parents learn to teach reading at home, and teachers improve their practice.

Students are identified for participation by school administration and teachers. Our program is currently delivered in PS 89.

We offer:

  • Daily reading instruction for students in PreK – 4th grade
  • Weekly workshops for parents that train them how to teach reading at home
  • Coaching for teachers
  • Incentives and awards for families
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