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Prime Time Reading

Bringing families together through literature and learning

Give your children a love of literature and learning for a lifetime — with award-winning books, expert-led discussions, and family time. Whether you’re attending a Prime Time Family or Prime Time Preschool program, you and your children will join master storytellers and scholars for read-alouds that share stories from around the world and explore ideas that enrich lives and strengthen communities.

 

Prime Time Family

Prime Time Family Reading brings caregivers and their six- to 10-year-old children together to explore notable books and big ideas through reading and discussion. Our programs focus on the humanities, and we choose the books for discussion around themes such as caring, inquiring, and sustainability to facilitate meaningful conversation among family members in settings such as schools, libraries, and community centers.

You and the littles ones in your life will learn together through literature, while exploring strategies for continued family bonding through books and getting important information about library and other resources for additional reading once the program ends.

 

How Prime Time Family Reading works

  • FREE for children ages six to 10 and parents, grandparents, or other caregivers
  • 90-minute sessions in the evenings once per week for six weeks
  • Includes complimentary books for families
  • Storytellers read beautifully illustrated, award-winning children’s books filled with culturally diverse stories, folk tales, and historical accounts from around the world
  • Discussion leaders guide participants to personally connect with literature and think beyond who, what, when, and where with open-ended questions that inspire critical thinking
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Prime Time Preschool

Prime Time Preschool Reading creates a rich humanities-based learning environment for three- to five-year-olds and their parents and other caregivers. Using beautifully illustrated, award-winning books with culturally diverse stories and themes, trained facilitators read aloud and then lead discussions and interactive activities that promote school readiness through reading, comprehension, and critical thinking skills. The program models strategies that encourage meaningful at-home reading behavior between caregivers and young children.

Prime Time carefully selects our partner organizations — schools (public and charter), Head Start centers, early childcare centers, library branches, and community centers. Facilitators are trained to deliver all aspects of the program with support from our home office in New Orleans.

 

How Prime Time Preschool works

  • FREE for children ages three to five and parents, grandparents, or other caregivers
  • Includes complimentary books for families
  • 90-minute sessions, in the evenings once per week for six weeks
  • A Prime Time trained preschool facilitator reads books and leads a group discussion of classic stories, as well as new tales that promote reading and school readiness.
  • Another trained preschool facilitator then leads the children and their caregivers through literary exploration via center-based activities designed to increase comprehension and critical thinking.
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Family Reading

ASCENSION

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office “Wag” Center

300 Houmas St # E, Donaldsonville, LA 70346

9/8/21 through 10/13/21

(225) 621-8851

CADDO

Westwood Elementary

7325 Jewella Ave, Shreveport, LA 71108

9/23/21 through 10/28/21

CADDO

Walnut Hill Elementary

9360 Woolworth Rd, Shreveport, LA 71129

9/23/21 through 10/28/21

CALCASIEU

E. K. Key Elementary

1201 E Burton St, Sulphur, LA 70663

9/28/21 through 11/9/21

(337) 217-4660

CALDWELL

Caldwell Parish PreK Center

182 Spartan Dr, Columbia, LA 71418

9/14/21 through 10/22/21

(318) 649-6139

CAMERON

Cameron Parish Library

10200 LA-384, Lake Charles, LA 70607

9/7/21 through 10/12/21

(337) 598-5950

EAST BATON ROUGE

Louisiana Key Academy

3172 Government St, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

9/13/21 through 10/25/21

(225) 387-9272

EAST BATON ROUGE

Twin Oaks Elementary School

819 Trammell Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70815

9/14/21 through 10/12/21

EAST BATON ROUGE

GEO Prep Mid City

1900 Lobdell Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Tuesdays at 5:30 PM 9/14/21 through 10/12/21

JEFFERSON

Woodland West Elementary

2143 Mars St, Harvey, LA 70058

Wednesdays at 4:30 PM 9/22/21 through 10/27/21

(504) 366-5308

JEFFERSON

Grand Isle School

149 Ludwig Ln, Grand Isle, LA 70358

Tuesdays at 6:00 PM 9/20/21 through 10/25/21

(985) 787-2577

LAFOURCHE

Thibodaux Branch Library

705 W 5th St #3154, Thibodaux, LA 70301

Wednesdays at 6:00 PM 9/22/21 through 10/27/21

(504) 373-6205

ORLEANS

Morris Jeff Community School

211 S Lopez St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Thursdays at 5:30 PM 10/14/21 through 11/18/21

(504) 373-6258

ORLEANS

KIPP Believe

3815 St Bernard Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

Tuesdays at 4:30 PM 10/20/21 through 11/24/21

(504) 233-4643

ORLEANS

Langston Hughes Academy

3519 Trafalgar St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Wednesdays at 5:45 PM 9/16/21 through 10/21/21

(929) 246-7955

ORLEANS

Harmony Oaks Community Center

New Orleans, LA 70113

Thursdays at 5:30 PM 9/16/21 through 10/21/21

(504) 354-8600

ORLEANS

ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary

 9501 Grant St, New Orleans, LA 70127

Tuesdays at 5:00 PM 11/2/21 through 12/14/21

(504) 266-6499

ORLEANS

Arthur Ashe Charter School

Many, LA 71449

Wednesdays at 5:30 PM 10/13/21 through 11/17/21

(504) 373-6267

ORLEANS

Phillis Wheatley

2300 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Mondays at 6:00 PM 9/13/21 through 10/25/21

(504) 373-6205

ORLEANS

Marrero Commons Community

1100 S Tonti St, New Orleans, LA 70125

Tuesdays at 4:30 PM 8/17/21 through 9/14/21

(504) 309-7685

ORLEANS

Bienville Basin Community

New Orleans, LA 70112

Wednesdays at 4:30 PM 9/22/21 through 10/27/21

(504) 309-7685

PLAQUEMINES

South Plaquemines Elementary School

311 Civic Dr, Port Sulphur, LA 70083

Tuesdays at 5:30 PM 9/28/21 through 11/2/21

(504) 595-6415

PLAQUEMINES

Phoenix High School

12700 LA-39, Braithwaite, LA 70040

Tuesdays at 4:30 PM 10/12/21 through 11/16/21

(504) 354-8600

SABINE

Florien High School

500 High School Dr, Florien, LA 71429

Tuesdays at 5:15 PM 9/21/21 through 10/18/21

(504) 595-6415

VERMILION

Abbeville Branch Library

Abbeville, LA 70510

Tuesdays at 6:00 PM 9/14/21 through 10/19/21

(337) 893-2674

Preschool Reading

BIENVILLE

Ringgold Elementary

Ringgold, LA 71068

Mondays at 5:30 PM 9/19/21 through 11/14/21

(318) 894-2911

BOSSIER

Meadowview Elementary School

4312 Shed Rd, Bossier City, LA 71111

Thursdays at 5:30 PM 9/23/21 through 11/4/21

(318) 549-5676

CADDO

360 Sports and Training Academy Afterschool and Summer Enrichment Academy

5330 Hearne Ave, Shreveport, LA 71108

Tuesdays at 4:30 PM 10/5/21 through 11/9/21

(318) 603-6696

CADDO

Eighty-First Street

8108 Fairfied Ave, Shreveport, LA 71106

Thursdays at 5:30 PM 9/9/21 through 10/14/21

(318) 865-3596

CONCORDIA

Ferriday Library Branch

1609 N 3rd St, Ferriday, LA 71334

Thursdays at 4:30 PM 9/2/21 through 10/7/21

DESOTO

North DeSoto Lower Elementary

2623 US-171, Stonewall, LA 71078

Tuesdays at 6:00 PM 9/14/21 through 10/26/21

(318) 925-2383

JEFFERSON

Spring Ridge Academy

520 Jackson St, Kenner, LA 70062

Wednesdays at 5:00 PM 9/15/21 through 10/20/21

(504) 912-1761

JEFFERSON

BrainStorm Educational Services, Inc.

817 Rupp St, Gretna, LA 70053

Wednesdays at 5:30 PM 9/8/21 through 10/20/21

(504) 338-2420

JEFFERSON

AC Alexander School

600 W Esplanade Ave, Kenner, LA 70065

Wednesdays at 3:30 PM 9/29/21 through 11/3/21

(504) 469-7326

ORLEANS

Children’s Palace

Tuesdays at 5:15 PM 11/15/21 through 12/20/21

ORLEANS

TCA Head Start at Mahalia Jackson

2405 Jackson Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113

Wednesdays at 5:30 PM 9/22/21 through 11/3/21

(504) 359-6891

ORLEANS

Priscilla Edwards Head Start

2020 Jackson Ave # 200, New Orleans, LA 70113

Thursdays at 4:45 PM 9/20/21 through 10/29/21

(504) 210-1143

ORLEANS

Lafayette Academy Charter School

9330 Forshey St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Thursdays at 4:30 PM 9/30/21 through 11/4/21

(504) 861-9767

ORLEANS

KIPP Believe Primary

3815 St. Bernard Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

Thursdays at 4:30 PM 9/23/21 through 10/28/21

(504) 233-4643

ORLEANS

Royal Castle Child Development Center

3800 Eagle St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Saturdays at 4:30 PM 9/18/21 through 10/23/21

(504) 488-1045

OUACHITA

PRIME TIME Head Start @ Ransom

420 Wheelis St, West Monroe, LA 71292

Thursdays at 5:30 PM 9/16/21 through 10/21/21

(318) 855-1392

OUACHITA

PRIME TIME Head Start @ Robinson

3716 Nutland Rd, Monroe, LA 71202

Thursdays at 4:30 PM 9/16/21 through 10/21/21

(318) 855-1826

OUACHITA

PRIME TIME Head Start @ Thomas & Wilson

1111 Thomas Ave, Monroe, LA 71202

Thursdays at 4:30 PM 9/16/21 through 10/21/21

(318) 361-3801

OUACHITA

PRIME TIME Head Start @ MLK

3716 Nutland Rd, Monroe, LA 71202

Thursdays at 4:30 PM 9/16/21 through 10/21/21

(318) 582-2001

ST. TAMMANY

Children’s College

967 Carnation St, Slidell, LA 70460

Mondays at 5:00 PM 11/1/21 through 12/6/21

(985) 707-5955

TERREBONNE

St. Lucy Child Development Center

1220 Aycock St, Houma, LA 70360

Tuesdays at 6:30 PM 9/14/21 through 10/19/21

(985) 876-1246

HomeRoom@Home

HomeRoom@Home is an adaptation of Prime Time’s teacher professional development workshop tailored for parents and other caregivers. Based on the methodology at the heart of the award-winning Prime Time Family Reading program, virtual HomeRoom@Home workshops support caregivers in strengthening a child’s relationship to reading through effective at-home practices. For more information about HomeRoom@Home, contact us at primetime@leh.org.

Spark Box

Prime Time’s award-winning Family and Preschool reading programs are also available for families to take home and explore on their own. Spark Boxes contain books to build families’ home libraries, additional learning supplies, and a Grown-Up Guide for caregivers that provides support for discussion and activities for at-home implementation of Prime Time’s humanities-centered methodology.

Prime Time partners with local organizations to distribute Spark Boxes in their communities.

Families interested in receiving a Spark Box should contact their local organization:

Distribution Location

Parish

Phone Number

The Acadia Parish Library

Acadia

337-788-1880

Sunset Acres Elementary

Caddo

318-631-7121

Calcasieu Parish Public Library

Calcasieu

337-721-7175

Caldwell Parish Library

Caldwell

318-649-2259

Fathers On A Mission (FOAM)

East Baton Rouge

225-681-3626

James Stephens Montessori

Evangeline

337-831-8906

Iberia Parish Library

Iberia

337-364-7134

Jazzie’s Learning Academy

Jefferson

504-465-0100

REJOICE, Inc.

Jefferson

504-458-7556

ITAV, NOLA

Jefferson

504-301-5107

Jefferson Parish Schools – PreK

Jefferson

504-349-7696

Women of Wisdom (WOW) of Acadiana

Lafayette

337-319-4037

Lincoln Parish Library

Lincoln

318-251-5030

City of Denham Springs

Livingston

225-667-8308

Kiwanis Club of St Bernard-Arabi

St. Bernard

504-533-4205

Community Center of St Bernard

St. Bernard

985-277-1012

Opelousas Public Library

St. Landry

337-948-3693

St. Tammany Parish Library

St. Tammany

985-871-1220

Women’s Resource Network (WRN)

Tangipahoa

225-624-9177

Union Parish Library

Union

318-368-9226

City of Springhill Main Street

Webster

318-539-5699

Project Reclaim of Minden, Inc.

Webster

318-423-4987

West Feliciana Parish Library

West Feliciana

225-635-3364

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