Under normal circumstances, READy for the Grade programs operate between six and eight weeks during the summer and engage at least 35 children. Our model includes a variety of operational practices that sites can choose from to suit the specific needs of their community.

Some of the methods libraries employ include:

  • Inviting children to read to them or to the group.
  • Leading children in “choral” reading and inviting students to discuss the readings.
  • Encouraging children to make predictions about the storyline, share their preferences, and explain what they thought was happening in the story (to discern comprehension).
  • Incorporating vocabulary lessons into their curriculum and utilizing writing, movement, or craft activities.
  • Guiding students in making connections between current readings and previous lessons and personal experiences.
  • Encouraging children to spend time reading silently.

With libraries and community centers closed to the public, READy for the Grade’s partners had to be flexible and creative in connecting with children and families during the summer of 2020. All five sites, plus one new site, rose to the challenge. Learn how we operated during the global pandemic of 2020.

For details about READy for the Grade’s operations in “normal” years, download the 2019 independent evaluation of READy for the Grade.

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.



New Haven



West Haven


Location: 195 Church Street, 7th Floor
New Haven, Connecticut 06510

Telephone: (203) 859.6555

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