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.
Find out more about New Haven Reads by checking out this year’s “At a Glance.”
The ability to read can truly transform a child’s life by giving them the skills and confidence to succeed in school, college, and work; and having books at home drastically increases student academic success, regardless of income or education level. However, in the Greater New Haven community more than two thirds of students are not reading at grade level, and low income families are more likely to live in “book deserts.” As an organization, we seek to help create a community of confident readers through early, focused intervention and increasing access to books.
Our free programs are open to all, regardless of income level, and the only prerequisite to enrollment is that a student must be struggling with reading. Our students come from communities across the Greater New Haven area. Almost three quarters come from New Haven itself, and nearly 80% come from low income families.
Last year, 91% of our students said that New Haven Reads makes them a better reader. Meet some of our students here.
To ensure the efficacy of our programs and track student progress, we test some of our students with the Consortium on Reading Excellent (CORE) Test twice a year.
2018-2019 CORE Test Highlights
ALL students tested improved in at least one area of reading.
29% of students tested improved in every area of reading.
72% of students tested improved their Independent Reading Level one or more grade levels.
27% of students tested improved their Independent Reading Level by two or more grade levels.
Book Bank Numbers
In 2018-2019 the Book Bank:
hosted 112 field trips for 2,013 students from 36 different schools,
prepared 352 book orders for 103 organizations and schools in Connecticut,
gave 31 teachers 3,677 books for their classrooms and students during the bi-annual Teacher Open House events,
and distributed 2,361 NEW books to the students in our Pre-K/Kindergarten and Tutoring programs.
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.