Literacy is the basis of learning and essential for participation in today’s world. Yet untold numbers of children in New York City lack the ability to read and write, posing challenges for succeeding in school and beyond—reading an employment ad, following medical directions, or understanding a voting ballot.
Children who enter first grade ready to read will almost certainly learn to read. Children who do not will struggle with reading for years to come. The difference involves giving children an opportunity to have a positive and effective introduction to reading and writing instruction and to themselves as learners.
Early intervention is the hallmark of the Reading Team. Our programs immerse young children who are at high risk of reading failure in a rich engaging learning environment before a lack of success in school dampens their natural enthusiasm for learning. Our emphasis on the key building blocks of literacy success at an early age restores reading.