City’s First Readers is a collaboration of nonprofit organizations fostering the literacy development of children, ages 0-5. By combining resources and best practices, more New York City children have greater access to the programs and services that will stimulate their literacy development.

Brooklyn Public Library

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) offers a rich array of early literacy programs for parents, caregivers and young children at our 59 libraries throughout the borough. Through our storytimes for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their parents and caregivers, participants are introduced to great books, age-appropriate songs and rhymes, and other early literacy activities and children’s librarians model how to promote early literacy development at home.


Jumpstart is a leading national early childhood education organization that seeks to bridge the achievement gap between children from low-income homes and their more fortunate peers through early, targeted intervention. Jumpstart engages children in meaningful conversations designed to develop their range of expression, vocabulary, reading comprehension, book knowledge, as well as initiative, cooperation and other valuable social skills.

Literacy Inc. (LINC)

Literacy Inc (LINC) engages families and community members to support young readers in high need neighborhoods. LINC harnesses the power that exists in every community to make literacy a value and right of all children. Our children’s educational success is the path out of poverty and the key to achievement. LINC’s Comprehensive Literacy Model provides interconnected programming designed to mobilize existing resources in the neighborhood in order to deliver reading opportunities for children. The combination of these three program areas emphasize and reinforce the importance of bringing literacy home and create a sustainable culture around reading.

The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library offers Story Times in neighborhood branches that create a positive community of support for parents and caregivers. Baby Story Time, Toddler Time, and Preschool Story Time are weekly early literacy programs that engage children in the world of reading, often incorporating sensory activities, songs and finger play. Librarians encourage parents and caregivers to participate alongside children in order to model behavior.

Parent-Child Home Program

The Parent-Child Home Program is a research-based, research-validated school readiness, early literacy, and parenting program that successfully utilizes intensive home visiting to help families challenged by poverty, limited education, homelessness, recent immigration, and literacy and language-barriers prepare their children to enter school ready to succeed.  Parent-Child Home Program builds early literacy skills and school readiness for families with children ages 2-4 years old.

Queens Library

Queens Library has several award-winning programs for children 0-5 years old, their families and caregivers. The Children’s Library Discovery Center offers programs introducing young learners to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The Kick-Off to Kindergarten (K2K) Program prepares children and their families for the first year of school. All early learning offerings align to the Common Core Curriculum and the NY State Early Learning Guidelines.

Reach Out and Read of Greater New York

Reach Out and Read of Greater New York (ROR GNY) capitalizes on the trust and respect parents have for their children’s primary healthcare provider, as well as the frequent access pediatricians have to young children. In the pediatric exam room, physicians and nurses speak to parents about the importance of reading aloud to children every day, offer age-appropriate literacy tips and encouragement, and provide the family with a free book.

Video Interaction Project (VIP)

The Video Interaction Project (VIP) is an evidence-based parenting program for parents of infants and young children that takes place in the pediatric clinic on days of routine well-child visits. At each session, families meet individually with an interventionist for approximately 30 minutes. Through the use of videotaping and developmentally-appropriate toys, books, and resources, VIP helps provide parents with tools for using pretend play, shared reading, and daily routines as opportunities for strengthening early development and literacy in their children.

The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families (CHCF)

The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families (CHCF) believes that the most effective way to support families is through education, and to that end provides a number of services through Youth Development programs in partnership with K-12 public schools, a citywide Early Care & Education Institute to elevate the quality of early care and education for all, and policy and advocacy initiatives that advance this work.  CHCF’s model is innovative in its effective inclusion of cultural and linguistic competencies to effect change. CHCF prioritizes parent engagement and literacy programs that foster school readiness and elevate parent choice and voice.

United Way

ReadNYC is United Way of New York City’s signature collective impact initiative to get students reading on grade-level by third grade—a critical milestone in a child’s future success. ReadNYC takes a multi-generation approach. By adding a layer focused on educating the youngest generation, supplemented with education and support for the older generation, the result is heightened success for both generations and long-term change.