Hamden, CT – a suburban site with strong ties to the adjacent urban community

2020 was Hamden’s first year participating in READy for the Grade. Library staff elected to use this unusual year to reach out to eligible families at the Church Street School, a meal-distribution location for families. Church Street is one of the schools expected to participate in READy for the Grade in 2021.


Hamden offered materials over a period of 4 weeks.

Library staff created and distributed an informational flyer about the program in English and Spanish.

Twice a week for 4 weeks, a staff member and teen volunteer distributed literacy kits to families.

Each kit contained a different leveled reader book, treats (pencils, stickers, erasers), plus information about the READy of the Grade program.

An estimated 30 families collected materials at each distribution event.

Some families returned week after week.

A window into READy for the Grade • Hamden •

Given the need for social distancing in 2020, our site partners in Hamden elected to use their inaugural year in the program as an opportunity to conduct outreach to eligible families. Check back in 2021 for a glimpse of Hamden’s READy for the Grade operations in full swing.

To learn how Hamden served children during the pandemic of 2020, read our 2020 evaluation report.

All Kids Need to Read

READy for the Grade serves a diverse population, with programs in rural, suburban, and urban communities. The challenges of living and learning with low income vary by setting. Click the site name for details.



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