Voices of Caring – Ready Readers

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Credit: CBS Radio

Credit: CBS Radio

Ready Readers inspires preschool-age children from low-income communities to become readers by reading aloud to them, increasing their exposure to quality books, and providing literacy-related experiences.

About Ready Reader’s
Ready Readers is an early literacy program that motivates preschool-age children, ages 2-5, to develop a love of reading. Ready Readers places Volunteer Readers who read high-quality books weekly to children in classroom settings in early childhood programs in low-income communities in the St. Louis area. In addition, Ready Readers gives each child at least six new, personalized books annually with a “Notes for Home” section, designed for follow-up with the family. Ready Readers also gives each classroom at least six new books with extension activities, and offers professional development opportunities for the teachers.

Ready Reader’s Goals
— To place, train, and provide ongoing support for volunteer readers in order to ensure their commitment, enthusiasm, preparation, and effectiveness.
— To provide each child with at least six new, high-quality books each school year for further enjoyment at home.
— To give each classroom copies of the same books that the children receive. Teachers are provided with extension activities and opportunities for their professional development based on using the books with their children.
— To enhance literacy skills of the children by training volunteers and teachers in best practices in reading aloud and providing literacy experiences.
— To foster positive relationships between the children and their volunteer readers who are committed to reading aloud to the same class every week for at least a semester.
— To give new or gently used books to classrooms throughout the year, thus providing children with further access to books in their classroom libraries.

Visit Ready Readers to find out more information!

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