• The Children's Reading Foundation of Greater Chicago The Children's Reading Foundation of Greater Chicago


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Mission Statement

  • Encourage and educate families and communities about their important role in raising a reader.
  • Support schools and organizations with efforts to assure children read on grade level by the end of the third grade.
  • Provide support services for children reading below grade level.
  • Facilitate community involvement in helping young readers be successful.


READY! for Kindergarten classes encourage parents to talk, sing, read and play with their child in simple ways that foster essential pre-literacy, pre-math and social-emotional skills. Age-appropriate activities are designed to begin at birth and continue through age five. The curriculum is based on current research and replicates what parents and educators of successful students have done for years.

Parents and caregivers choose from one of five classes depending on their child's age and attend sessions three times per year. Each class is a 90-minute interactive lesson led by a trained instructor. The targets, materials and tools used in class are participants to take home and use with their child as they determine, based on their child's personality, abilities and interests, and their family's values and culture.

The READY! for Kindergarten program is designed to help parent participants prepare children with the early learning skills needed to start and stay at grade level. For information about bringing READY! to families in your area, visit www.readyforkindergarten.org/

READ Up: Stop the Summer Slide

Our newest program helps families, caregivers and children make reading aloud part of their daily summer routines. READ Up offers free weekly storytimes and books are provided for eight weeks in convenient locations. Materials are available in English and Spanish. All children from birth to age 8 are welcome with their parents or caregivers. Each 20 minute story includes simple read-aloud tips modeled by trained volunteers. Oral language and print concepts are emphasized. Each week, adults leave with new skills and motivation to encourage reading and children leave with a new book. Research shows that access to books, books in the home, and reading aloud directly lead to gains in pre-literacy and literacy skills.



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