Innovative Early Learning Program for At-Risk Children to Launch in New Haven

Created by Save the Children, program includes home visits and school-based meetings

New Haven – An early literacy program designed by Save the Children for infants, young children and their families launches this fall in New Haven.

Early Steps to School Success-New Haven, funded and managed by the nonprofit Read to Grow, will work with at-risk families to help ensure their children enter kindergarten with the skills needed for success in school and beyond.

New Haven will be the only urban-based adaptation of ...

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Lessons about Babies’ Brains, Language Skills for Mothers-To-Be

Delivered through Prenatal Project

By Marguerite Alpert
Books for Babies Coordinator

Bruna Fortunato’s journeys from Brazil and to pregnancy have not been easy.

When the 25-year-old first came to this country four years ago to make a better life for herself, she struggled with learning a new language and keeping up with bills. She stayed less than a year. Once back in Brazil, however, Bruna realized that she wanted to make another go of it in the United States.

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With Books in Hand …He works to Make Fathers & Mothers Good Role Models

Huwerl Thornton knows something about fatherhood.

And setting good examples.

And teaching and learning through books.

The 50-year-old has spent many years in classrooms, both as a student and then as an elementary school teacher for 14 years in New Haven. A champion of Read to Grow and its work for early childhood literacy, he’s now Youth Programs Coordinator for Connecticut Food Bank, which ...

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The Great Give 2018

Now’s the time to support READ TO GROW during the 9th Annual Great Give.

This special online opportunity to help the charity of your choice begins at 8 a.m. May 1st and runs to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 2nd.
Just click HERE.

READ TO GROW thanks you!

In our 19th year, we’ve given more than 1.7 million books to children in Connecticut.  We’ve given workshops so that families learn the simple but important ways to build their children’s language skills. We’ve formed ...

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Read to Grow Winter Appeal Underway

Joy. Understanding. Knowledge. Opportunity.

All these–and much more–are the gifts of reading and books. While their values are immeasurable, we know their power begins with language skills and literacy. A parent sharing a book with a child might seem such a baby step toward reading. It isn’t. It makes a connection and a path to communication and comprehension. It leads to habits of sharing and learning and a way of life for a ...

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Giving Tuesday November 28, 2017

Read to Grow welcomes gifts of time, donations and gently used books.

On this special day of the holiday season, let’s make our community strong together. Let’s help parents to learn about and practice daily habits that will build their children’s language skills and literacy.

To donate, click here.

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Guests who had their photographs taken with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the benefit event for Read to Grow on May 17 at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven can view those photos by clicking HERE. The link will take you to a page on the website of Tricia Bohan Photography.

You can download your photo by clicking the download button.

We will be posting other photos taken at the event on our website by May 26th.

If you have any questions, ...

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‘Big Words to Little Me’

Sakina Ibrahim (right) with two girls in her workshop at Wexler-Grant in New Haven.

Sakina Ibrahim used her book “Big Words to Little Me” to present a workshop on self-esteem and affirmation to girls in fifth, sixth and seventh grades at Wexler-Grant Community School in New Haven on April 5.

The hit presentation was part ...

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It’s Out of This World!

The New Haven Public Schools received 5,024 free copies of the hardcover “Galactic Hot Dogs” this April from Read to Grow.

The books were collected by Lauren Canalori, who is the Lead Literacy Teacher for students in kindergarten through 8th grade in the New Haven schools. She and others are working on a plan to give the book to all students in two grades at ...

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