New Haven, CT – An Urban Community with 19 Distinct Neighborhoods

New Haven Free Public Library’s Wilson Branch took the lead role in this city’s READy for the Grade program and collaborated with the New Haven Public School System.

New Haven ran programming for 6 weeks.

Programming included 2 hours of instructional activities per week, 1 hour per week of one-on-one tutoring per child, and 7 family events, for a total of 40.5 hours offered.

On average, each child attended 27.2 hours over the summer.

A window into READy for the Grade


Tables are filled with children doing various group activities.
At one table, children play sight word bingo. At another table, students identify cause and effect in a story. A third group of children completes worksheets to help them develop writing skills. Another group of students practices sight words through song.

After table time, children explore other areas of the room, forming reading circles on a big rug or along the wall. In one group the teacher supplies each child with story cards. As volunteers read sections of the story, the teacher peppers the children with questions about whether they can relate to the story, a clever way to check on their comprehension. The children read echo style (one reads and then all read the same section) and there are opportunities for vocabulary review and phonetic reminders. Each time the teacher asks for a volunteer to read, a sea of hands arises, as children request their chance to shine.

In another group of slightly younger children, students practice spelling with physical movements. They also make short booklets of their own to take away and to use in the group for reading practice.

For details, download the independent evaluation of READy for the Grade.

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West Haven


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

Telephone: (203) 859.6555

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