A little bit about us…

Our mission

The Reading Team, a Harlem-based nonprofit organization, is dedicated to enabling young children who are at high risk of reading failure to become strong and enthusiastic readers, writers, listeners, and speakers and to develop the skills, habits, and behaviors that will support their success in school and in life.

Since opening our doors in 2001, we have helped more than 12,000 children from Pre- K through 5th grade achieve substantial and lasting academic progress. Today, we serve 650 children, ages 2-15, and their parents in our programs.

Success factors

  •  After-School Program provides 540 hours a year of nurturing literacy instruction and activities — that’s over 3,000 hours from Grades K-5.

  • Children master key building blocks of literacy success, reading, and writing.

  • Grades K-2 participate in the innovative Waterford Early Reading Program.

  • Our Literacy Mentors are experienced teachers and graduate students of education whom we train to implement our successful instructional model..

Unrivaled impact

  •  On average, Reading Team children gain two grade levels in reading ability in their first year in one of our programs, finish the year well above grade level,and progress to top-tier nationwide reading levels in their age groups.

  • In 2018, only 29% of children in Harlem passed the independently-developed, administered, and scored New York State English Language Arts Exam — yet80% of Reading Team children passed

Meaning of literacy success for children

  • Self-efficacy by recognizing themselves as readers and learners, able to solvechallenges, manage others’ expectations, and compete equally with their peers.

  • More likely to stay in school and to attend college.

  • Less apt to commit crimes, receive welfare, have babies out of wedlock.

  • More likely to own homes, be employed, and pay higher taxes.

  • Chance to develop culturally, emotionally, and socially.