Parent Engagement Workshops
Workshops sponsored by the initiative assist families in creating a daily reading routine, and provide parents with fun and easy literacy-building activities that can be done at home.

Reading Opportunities
When young children are read to regularly, they are more likely to begin school with solid literacy skills. The initiative provides reading opportunities in the home, libraries, doctor offices, parks, and local businesses.

Book Distribution
All partner organizations provide free access to age-appropriate books for children. When families have a home library, they can make reading part of their everyday lives.

Access to Resources
City’s First Readers gives parents, childcare providers, and teachers the resources needed to help children succeed. Access to these resources can be found at your City Council Member’s District Office, through the City’s First Readers website and Facebook page, and by attending programs and workshops throughout New York City.

Network Building
Having a network of support is crucial to long-term success. The City’s First Readers initiative helps families, caregivers, and teachers form connections to each other and to the resources needed to help young children develop the literacy skills needed to experience life-long success.