Who We Are
Literacy Inc. works day in and day out throughout New York City’s five boroughs, to provide reading and learning opportunities for children so that they grow into competent readers, ready to succeed in school and in life.
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 mission is to engage families and community members to support young readers in high need neighborhoods.
Early Literacy is Key
Literacy connects children with opportunities. When children grow up in a literacy-rich environment, they are better prepared to embrace academic challenges and flourish in other aspects of their life. Early literacy leads to better outcomes and increased access to opportunities. Until third grade, children learn to read; by the end of third grade, children need to read in order to learn.
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*A study by Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley found that on average, by age three a child in a professional family would be exposed to around 45 million words, compared to 26 million words for a working-class family, and 13 million words for a family on welfare.”
How LINC Helps
LINC works at the intersection of education and community development. Our Community Literacy Model provides interconnected programming designed to mobilize existing resources in a neighborhood. Our combination of school, family and community programming nurtures a sustainable culture of reading at the community level. This holistic approach delivers immersive literacy environments for children.
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Our founder Mimi Levin Lieber saw that individual communities already possess many of the resources to raise accomplished children. Yet Mimi saw an overwhelming number of children affected by systemic poverty struggling in school, and later in life. She learned that early literacy sets the foundation for improved academic outcomes and success. Literacy is the key to unlocking a brighter future. She established Literacy Inc. as a framework to integrate community resources at a community’s disposal, while connecting these resources with cutting-edge literacy programming. Together, LINC and the community provide a literate foundation for children to thrive.
Learn more about Mimi Levin Lieber.