New Haven Reads, founded to “share the joy and power of reading,” increases the literacy skills of children to empower their academic success by providing individually tailored one-on-one after-school tutoring, educational family support, and a community book bank, all at no cost to participants.
Working in partnership with families and the community, New Haven Reads envisions a Greater New Haven in which every child has the opportunity to master reading and increase the odds of becoming a successful adult. Our volunteer-based one-on-one tutoring programs, our Book Bank, and our family support initiatives will serve as a national model for other communities.
New Haven Reads began in 2001 when our founder, Christine Alexander (pictured at right), ran a yearlong citywide literacy initiative. At the end of the year, Chris opened the first community Book Bank on Park Street, and a year later, when a homeschooling mother asked for extra help teaching her children to read, the one-on-one tutoring program was born.
Today, the Book Bank gives out over 115,000 books each year, and the tutoring program reaches almost 600 students annually thanks to the dedicated efforts of over 400 community volunteers.
2001: Chris Alexander starts the Book Bank on Park Street
2002: The Book Bank moves to Park Street and the tutoring program begins
New Haven Reads increases the literacy skills of children by providing individually tailored one-on-one after school tutoring, educational family support, and a community book bank, all at no cost to participants.