The Literacy for Children Program
At the Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut, we care about your children, too! We help many programs in Milford, West Haven and Stratford improve children’s literacy levels with a big focus on reading. We know it’s the one skill that all kids must master because they must read in order to learn all their other subjects. So, we make reading a part of every child’s every day, and run programs designed for children of every age, from babies and toddlers to kindergarten, grade school and middle-school-age kids. We also promote parent-child togetherness in the learning process, reflected in our programs, as well.
Books for Babies and Books for Toddlers Programs
The Books for Babies Program was born in 1997 with the help of Milford Hospital, followed by Books for Toddlers in 1999. Recently, it was adopted by Milford Pediatrics. Newborn babies that come to Milford Pediatrics receive a book, and is presented with another book on his/her first birthday! Last year, 800 books were distributed to the hands of parents and their babies! The Center knows the importance of reading to a child from infancy since 50% of a child’s intellectual development occurs between birth and four years of age. Since parents are a child’s first teacher, the most important gift that they can give is to read to their baby.
The Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut, Milford Rotary and Milford Pediatrics currently fund both programs.
Would you like to help? Call us at the Center if you’re interested in holding a book drive for new or “gently” used baby or toddler board books!
Books for Birthdays Program
A birthday is a very important day for a child. The Books for Birthdays program was launched in a community partnership to celebrate local children’s birthdays with the celebration of a book. Children and their families are encouraged to engage and empower literacy in the home. Every year, The Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut donates to Boys and Girls Club of Milford, Boys and the Girls Village, Milford Resource Center, West Haven Community House and West Haven Resource Center a new or “gently” used book to a youth on his or her birthday.
This program is supported by Barnes and Noble and their customers during the book drive in December.
Books for kids Program
The Books for Kids program was created in 2016. Did you know there are children in our area who do not have home libraries? We have adopted schools in Stratford, Bridgeport and West Haven and donate new or gently used books to them. Books are brought in to the schools and children choose what they like and bring them home.
We are always looking for books. Residents are asked to drop off new or “gently” used children’s books to the Literacy Center. Please- no ripped, written in or yellowed pages.
Pre-school Story Hour
The Center offers a Preschool Reading Program on a weekly basis for preschoolers. We also offer a bi-annual book give-away to all the children in the Story Hour Program. For more information or to be a reader or to donate books, contact us at the Center.
Weekly Preschool reading programs held at:
- Milford Public Library – Open to the public 10:00 AM
- YMCA Daycare
- Good Shepherd Daycare
- Margaret Egan Center
- Milford Pre School
Middle School Tutoring and Family ”SUPERSTAR” Literacy Programs
In partnership with the West Shore Middle School, the Center’s two child-focused literacy initiatives are geared to turn kids and their families into “superstars,” and help challenged middle-school-age kids take their next literacy step.
The SUPERSTAR Reader After-school Program focuses on the individual middle school-age kid who struggles with reading and requires additional instruction. After-school “reading time” is from 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM on Monday through Friday at West Shore Middle School.
The SUPERSTAR Family Literacy Night Program engages both family and child together, underscoring research-backed evidence that literacy begins in the home. The family program is held on weekday evenings at the West Shore Middle School and Harborside Middle School. During the course of a 90-minute session, families and their kids rotate between a variety of specialized activity-based stations, which include book talk, game board, task-performance reading and story-telling venues.