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.
Since New Haven Reads was founded in 2001, we have supported more than 3,500 students and distributed over 1.7 million books back into the community, thanks to the help of over 2,900 volunteers.
Today, the one-on-one tutoring program serves over 500 children every week at four New Haven locations, our Book Bank distributes approximately 120,000 free books annually, and our Pre-K/Kindergarten program serves 55 children every week. With our dedicated, professional staff and the commitment of over 400 volunteers, our free literacy programs support families in need and create skilled and confident readers.
New Haven Reads transforms the lives of children, their families, and the communities they live in due to the incredible power of literacy.
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.