If you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.

— Tomie dePaola

The Reading Team’s literacy programs serve children in Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade at two Harlem sites.

The Reading Team does not charge a fee for our programs.


Our Core Programs

The Reading Team delivers three core programs in our two Harlem locations: our main site on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. and at PS 36 on Morningside Drive.

Our literacy-intensive environment features a high adult-to-child ratio, is caring and supportive, and accommodates diverse learning styles and needs. Our programs use essential and interdependent instructional elements to build key literacy skills and concepts in support of Reading Team children.

Preschool Program

Our Preschool Program serves four-and five-year-old children from five neighborhood day care centers and Head Start programs at our main site, equipping them with important early literacy skills and concepts needed for success in elementary school. Twice a week from September through June, preschoolers come to our main site in groups of 40-45 and spend 90 minutes engaged in conversation, letter and word games, singing and dancing, and storybook reading.

School-Day Program at PS 36

Our School-Day Program at PS 36 serves the school’s full population of children from prekindergarten through first grade, helping them to develop foundational skills and concepts needed to thrive in school. Children come to our program twice a week to take part in 30 minutes of Small Reading Group activities, 30 minutes of the computer-based Waterford Early Learning Program, and 30 minutes of Creative Dramatics activities.

After-School Program

Our After-School Program serves children in Grades K-5 from 17 elementary schools at our main program site and children in Grades K-5 at PS 36. Students participate for three hours every school-day afternoon. They receive a healthy snack or a hot meal, homework help, and a rigorous program of lessons and activities that enable them to overcome their obstacles to successful literacy development.