Our Programs

LINC provides a scaffolding of support that increases both children’s and parents’ access to literacy-building opportunities, raises expectations, generates an understanding of grade-level literacy skills, and provides simple reading strategies to support parents in helping their children, regardless of their own ability to read or speak English.

Family Programs

Parent Workshops


Early Elementary(Emerging Readers):

Parent Workshops take place at libraries, schools, and community centers. Parents learn literacy strategies to use at home and how to make literacy part of a family's daily routine. LINC shares strategies on how to recognize age-appropriate reading material, parents receive free books to build their home libraries, and get connected to community resources and public libraries. Our workshops cover a variety of topics related to literacy and education in the areas of preparing for school, making reading fun at home, and social & emotional learning.




Parent LINC


Parent LINC prepares parents to be classroom volunteers, serving as a “stepping stone” program to our more intensive parent program, the Very Involved Parent (VIP) Academy. Schools appreciate the value of having parents as an effective classroom presence. Principals find LINC’s workshops as an effective leadership development strategy to engage parents in the Parent-Teacher Association.




Family Academies


Family Academies help families to create literacy-rich home environments for their children. Parents learn how to establish reading routines, and connect with community resources, and are provided with opportunities to model literacy-building behaviors.




Early Childhood Parent Workshops (0-5)


LINC’s early childhood program uses the Five Practices of early literacy - talk, sing, play, draw, read - to support parents of children under five. LINC emphasizes the importance of early literacy with parents and caregivers and shares strategies about incorporating these practices in their daily routines.

LINC is now implementing an eight-week positive parenting workshop series, “Read to Me Little Bee” that supports language development and parent/child bonding through facilitated literacy interactions in a developmentally appropriate space.





 

School Programs

Reading Buddies Program


Older students are paired with K-2 grade students in the classroom for weekly one-hour reading sessions during or after school. The students read to each other, share a common experience and create positive relationships. Aligned with state standards and classroom curriculums, this inclusive program is for all students from the targeted grades, including special education pupils in CTT classes.




Great Grandreader Program


The Great Grand Reader Program is an inter-generational reading program designed to partner senior citizens in the community with second grade students. These one-on-one shared reading programs take place at local senior centers and create lasting bonds between generations.




Reading Celebrations Program


Each month LINC infuses the joy and importance of reading into our programs by incoroporating animal celebrations. Every month has a different literacy champion, such as the OWL (Our World of Literacy) in July and DEER (Drop Everything, Enjoy Reading) in December. These literacy champions can be found in our books, activities, and sometimes our animal mascots make an apperance to help us celebrate. LINC’s TIGER (Together In Getting Everyone Reading) program connects school administrators, teachers, and Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA’s) to conduct school-wide reading success programs. TIGER celebrations are anchored in month-long read-a-thons and celebrated with a trip to the Bronx Zoo!




School Capacity Building


In schools, LINC works to build strong parent/teacher collaborations. With organizations and early childhood centers, LINC provides professional development in how to conduct engaging read alouds, facilitate child-facing programs and deepen parent involvement at home. These trainings ensure the continuum of learning and strengthen the bond between parents, teachers and facilitators.




Early Childhood Capacity Building


LINC works with schools, early childhood centers and family-facing organizations to strengthen literacy learning environments. Teachers and facilitators who have access to high quality professional development are better able to serve their families, both children and caregivers.





 

Community Programs

Reading Everywhere Celebrations


Organize the community around enrichment activities that emphasize the message that, “Reading success is a community-held value.” Whether a simple blanket spread under a shady tree at the park, literacy street fairs or a costumed animal-themed literacy celebration at a local library, these events engage community members and help cultivate a culture of reading.




Book Drives and Distribution


Book drives and distribution supports reading everywhere. Reading everywhere means books everywhere! LINC strives to educate parents and help them build home libraries. LINC partners with community organizations, local businesses, independent schools, corporate sponsors and publishing houses to collect and distribute books to low-income families. With book at home, families are able to support reading routines and reinforce the importance of reading. Find out how you can participate.




Very Involved Parent Academy (VIP)


Parents are a powerful force. They are the backbone of the LINC model. Parents have the ability to shape and influence their children’s future. LINC’s Very Involved Parent Academy celebrates our parents who wish to take a greater role in shaping the future of their communities.





 

Collective Impact

Reading Buddies Program


Older students are paired with K-2 grade students in the classroom for weekly one-hour reading sessions during or after school. The students read to each other, share a common experience and create positive relationships. Aligned with state standards and classroom curriculums, this inclusive program is for all students from the targeted grades, including special education pupils in CTT classes.




Great Grandreader Program


The Great Grand Reader Program is an inter-generational reading program designed to partner senior citizens in the community with second grade students. These one-on-one shared reading programs take place at local senior centers and create lasting bonds between generations.




Reading Celebrations Program


Each month LINC infuses the joy and importance of reading into our programs by incoroporating animal celebrations. Every month has a different literacy champion, such as the OWL (Our World of Literacy) in July and DEER (Drop Everything, Enjoy Reading) in December. These literacy champions can be found in our books, activities, and sometimes our animal mascots make an apperance to help us celebrate. LINC’s TIGER (Together In Getting Everyone Reading) program connects school administrators, teachers, and Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA’s) to conduct school-wide reading success programs. TIGER celebrations are anchored in month-long read-a-thons and celebrated with a trip to the Bronx Zoo!




School Capacity Building


In schools, LINC works to build strong parent/teacher collaborations. With organizations and early childhood centers, LINC provides professional development in how to conduct engaging read alouds, facilitate child-facing programs and deepen parent involvement at home. These trainings ensure the continuum of learning and strengthen the bond between parents, teachers and facilitators.




Early Childhood Capacity Building


LINC works with schools, early childhood centers and family-facing organizations to strengthen literacy learning environments. Teachers and facilitators who have access to high quality professional development are better able to serve their families, both children and caregivers.





 
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