Nearly two million New Yorkers are functionally illiterate.

We’re changing that. 


The Reading Team is a nonprofit organization based in Harlem. We’re dedicated to enabling young children who are at high risk of reading failure to become strong and enthusiastic readers, writers, listeners, and speakers.


Effective Literacy Programs in Harlem

Only about 15% of Harlem students pass the New York State English Language Arts (NYS ELA) exam. In 2014, 80% of our students passed.

Our uniquely successful programs immerse young children in a rich and engaging learning environment—before a lack of success in school dampens their natural enthusiasm for learning.

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Preparing Children for Success

Literacy goes beyond reading. Our students develop skills, habits, and behaviors that will support their success in school and in life.

At our two program sites in Central and West Harlem, we engage 850 children in a wide range of literacy-nurturing lessons and activities. Our younger students enjoy storybook reading as well as letter and word games. Our older students delve into creative and expository writing, close reading of increasingly complex material, and the practice of outlining and note-taking study skills.

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