Archive for April, 2010

Reading Events with the NHPD, Anna Quindlen

Monday, April 26th, 2010

This Thursday, April 29 from 4-5 p.m. at the Literacy Center, 4 Science Park, New Haven Police Lt. Rebecca Sweeney and other members of the NHPD will launch a campaign to provide books and promote reading across city neighborhoods. This effort is in collaboration with New Haven Reads.

Each participating child will receive a free book. Residents are invited to register for the event by contacting Lieutenant Sweeney at 203-946-7827. She is also seeking donations to support this cause.
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Today’s New Haven Register previews another event — benefiting Read to Grow and mentioned in an April 6 post to this blog — to be held tomorrow at Long Wharf Theatre with Anna Quindlen:
http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2010/04/25/news/00425_anna042510.txt

That earlier, April 6 post also cited a Literacy Volunteers Scrabble benefit that has now been held (April 21), as well as a Concepts for Adaptive Learning event approaching on May 19.

Tax Day, Financial Literacy

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

With April 15 Tax Day, here are resources related to financial literacy;

http://www.mymoney.gov

http://www.challenge.treas.gov/educator_info.htm

http://www.jumpstart.org

http://www.360financialliteracy.org

http://www.nfte.com

http://www.ja.org

http://www.newlifecorp.org

According to Angela Carter’s New Haven Register article yesterday:
http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2010/04/14/business/ee1taxes0414041410.txt

“Individuals or families who earned less than $49,000 last year still can get their returns prepared at no cost at three area Volunteer Income Tax Assistance centers coordinated by New Life Corp. and the Coalition For Working Families. The VITA locations are open through Thursday at Columbus Family Academy, 255 Blatchley Ave., and Truman School, 114 Truman St., both in New Haven; and West Haven Community House at 227 Elm St., West Haven. Volunteer tax preparers are available from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Ariel Martinez, executive director of New Life, said more than 2,500 filers were helped by the VITA program last year. ‘Our mission is to work with individuals and families in increasing their economic security,’ Martinez said of the nonprofit association’s work.”

Week of the Young Child

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Nationally, this is the “week of the young child,” with the theme of early learning. http://www.naeyc.org/woyc

Locally, numerous related resources include:

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund
http://wcgmf.org/documents/doc_12.pdf

Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
http://www.cfgnh.org

United Way, Success by Six
http://www.uwgnh.org/education/success-6

New Haven Early Childhood Education
http://www.nhps.net/node/495

All Our Kin
http://www.allourkin.org

Connecticut Children’s Museum
http://www.childrensbuilding.org/

Read to Grow
http://www.readtogrow.org

and many more. . .

Raising Funds for Literacy

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Three of the organizations that participate in the Greater New Haven Literacy Coalition have fund-raising events in the coming weeks:

*April 21: Literacy Volunteers’ annual Scrabble tournament at the Knights of Columbus building in downtown New Haven http://www.lvagnh.org

*April 26: Read to Grow’s evening with Anna Quindlen at Long Wharf Theatre http://www.readtogrow.org

*May 19: Concepts for Adaptive Learning’s annual wine-tasting and raffle at Anthony’s Ocean View near Lighthouse Point http://www.eachchildlearns.org

Adult literacy, early childhood, technology as a tool for families’ educational and economic advancement — together these three organizations represent many of the ways that members of the region’s literacy community are working to strengthen reading skills and opportunities for people of all ages.

Reading, Culture, and ‘Quality Time’ at Home

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

The New Haven Independent published this account of last week’s Family Literacy Forum, which was conducted in both Spanish and English:

http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/family_literacy_forum_reading_culture_and_quality_time_at_home/

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