The first five years of life are considered the most critical years for brain development. East New York Reads works with parents and caregivers to nurture their children’s literacy learning in a variety of ways.

Parent Engagement

Reach Out and Read of Greater New York works with pediatricians through Queens Hospital Center to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving free developmentally-appropriate books to children. The program begins at the six-month checkup and continues through age five.

Children’s Programs

Jumpstart works with Early Learn, Head Start and pre-K children to increase early language and literacy skills to ensure Kindergarten readiness. We also hold a raffle for free prizes and give away literacy bags to the first 50 families. During these events, a parent workshop is run by a Jumpstart staff member on a variety of topics including: Reading With Your Child, Social and Emotional Development and Language and Literacy Development, and Getting Ready for Kindergarten.

To find a participating Early Learn, Head Start, or pre-K program in East New York call 212-868-2526.