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Reading Programs for Young Children

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Books Build Connections Toolkit

Early learning resources are provided by the AAP to assist physicians in promoting, helping and guiding parents and caregivers on the importance of early learning, talking and reading for infants and toddlers. This toolkit also shares parent resources to help families learn ways to introduce and explore early learning and reading at home.
141 Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
(847) 434-4000
aap.org/en-us/literacy/Pages/default.aspx
AAP Books Build Connections Toolkit

Capital’s Reading Center

Offers one-on-one tutoring sessions to help children with assessment skills, literacy skills and communication skills. Sessions are offered throughout the year.
Capital University
1 East Main Street & College Avenue, Bexley, Ohio 43209
(614) 236-6592
capital.edu/education

Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Ready to Read Corps

The Ready to Read Corps works with organizations where there is “waiting room time,” to engage parents and caregivers of children ages 0 to 5, to conduct training sessions that focus on pre-reading skills necessary for early literacy and kindergarten readiness. Parents and caregivers receive a kit to take home that includes board books, finger puppets, crayons and literature about pre-reading skills. Call the number below for more information.
(614) 479-3453
spellproject.weebly.com/ready-to-read-corps.html

Common Sense

  • Common Sense Media is a non-profit organization that offers age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.
  • Common Sense Education provides free resources, including ratings and reviews of digital tools, a comprehensive K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum, ready-made lesson plans, videos, webinars, and more.
  • Common Sense Kids Action is their advocacy platform.

650 Townsend, San Francisco, California 94103
(415) 863-0600
commonsense.org

Homeless Families Foundation (HFF)

  • HFF Family Services works directly with families to help them move from homelessness to stable housing and self-sufficiency.
  • HFF Dowd Education Center provides STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) focused academic programming afterschool and during the summer for students in grades K-8. Additional enrichment activities are provided to enhance the students’ social skills, self-esteem, and overall health.
  • Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK) at HFF targets three and four-year-old children, not enrolled in Pre-K, who will soon enter Kindergarten. Parent Partners provides home-based instruction for parents to help them in their role as their child’s first teacher in preparing the child for kindergarten.

33 North Grubb Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 461-9247
homelessfamiliesfoundation.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Reach Out & Read (ROR)

Partners with primary care nurse practitioners and doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together starting 6 months to 5 years vaccination or well child visits. Visit the website to find out how teens and adults can volunteer for ROR and how donate new or gently used picture books and board books.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0518 or (614) 355-0519
nationwidechildrens.org/reach-out-and-read

Reading Rockets

Provides many resources for families, including help for struggling readers, help for kids with dyslexia, literacy apps, webcasts, common core information, book lists, reading classes and more.
WETA Public Television
2775 South Quincy Street, Arlington, Virginia 22206
readingrockets.org