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The mission of the Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven is to promote, support and advance literacy in the region.


  • Support literacy for all ages;
  • Attract additional volunteers as reading tutors, computer instructors, grant-writers, office assistants, and more;
  • Build financial resources of participating organizations by linking them to donors;
  • Collect and disseminate information about area literacy initiatives;
  • Collaborate with area literacy organizations;
  • Promote the professional development of literacy providers; and
  • Inform learners about the resources of those providers and how to get help.

How We Work

As a broad Coalition of volunteers across the region, we aim to:

  • Communicate to the general public as well as public officials and news media about literacy challenges, programs, and ways to help.
  • Convene forums for providers to share information, build relationships, realize efficiencies and develop resources.


In 2001, a task force of literacy providers was formed to identify issues and develop an agenda to respond to related needs. The Literacy Coalition was a product of that task force. It was organized in 2003 to galvanize local providers who were dedicated to raising public awareness and engaging the community around improving literacy.

In 2009, the Coalition joined as a founding partner in the Literacy Resource Center at 4 Science Park in New Haven, a hub for free tutoring, books, computer classes, and employment support services.

Board Members

Christine Alexander (1944-2011)
Founding Chair, Literacy Coalition
Founder, New Haven Reads

Earl Bloodworth
Manager, Warren Kimbro Reentry Project
City of New Haven

David Braze
Senior Scientist
Haskins Laboratories

Brenda Brenner
Coordinator of Jewish Coalition for Literacy
Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven

Josiah Brown
Associate Director
Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

Curtis Hill
Executive Director
Concepts for Adaptive Learning

Susan Holahan
Teacher of English as a Second Language
New Haven Public Schools

John Jessen
Deputy Director
New Haven Free Public Library

Kirsten Levinsohn
Executive Director
New Haven Reads

J. Gregory McVerry
Associate Professor of Education
Southern Connecticut State University

Louis Perno
Executive Director
Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven

Kyn Tolson
Executive Director
Read to Grow

Genevive Walker
Chief Operating Officer

info@literacyeveryday.org   /   4 Science Park, New Haven CT 06511