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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

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.

Find a Prime Time Family Reading Program or a Prime Time Preschool Reading Program Near You

Family Reading

Ascension

Ascension Parish Sheriff's WAG Center

1201 Maginnis St.
Donaldsonville, LA  70346

Tuesdays, starting Feb. 20

(225) 621-8851

Bienville

Ringgold Elementary School

4044 Bienville Rd.
Ringgold, LA  71068

Tuesdays, starting Feb. 27

(318) 894-2911

Bossier

Meadowview Elementary

4312 Shed Rd.
Bossier City, LA  71111

Thursdays, starting Feb. 29

(318) 549-5640

Caddo

Herndon Magnet School

11845 Gamm Road
Belcher, LA  71004

Tuesdays, starting Feb. 20

(318) 221-7676

Caddo

Midway Elementary Professional Development School

3840 Greenwood Rd.
Shreveport, LA  71109

Tuesdays, starting Feb. 20

(318) 636-1861

Caddo

Westwood Elementary

7325 Jewella Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71108

Wednesdays, starting Jan. 10

(318) 686-5489

Caddo

Caddo Heights Math/ Science Elementary

1702 Corbitt St.
Shreveport, LA  71108

Tuesdays, starting Feb. 27

(318) 636-9610

Calcasieu

Our Lady's School

1111 Cypress St.
Sulphur, LA  70663

Tuesdays, starting Feb. 20

(337) 527-7828

Calcasieu

E. K. Key Elementary School

1201 E. Burton St.
Sulphur, LA  70663

Tuesdays, starting Feb. 20

(337) 217-4660

Calcasieu

Westwood Elementary

1900 Sampson St.
Westlake, LA  70669

Tuesdays, starting Feb. 20

(337) 217-4940

Claiborne

Claiborne Parish Library

909 Edgewood Drive
Homer, LA  71040

Thursdays, starting March 7

(318) 927-3845

East Baton Rouge

Louisiana Key Academy

3172 Government St.
Baton Rouge, LA  70806

Wednesdays, starting Feb. 21

(225) 298-1223

East Baton Rouge

Wildwood Elementary

444 Halfway Tree Rd.
Baton Rouge, LA  70810

Tuesdays, starting March 19

(225) 772-8630

East Carroll

East Carroll Parish Library

109 Sparrow St.
Lake Providence, LA  71254

Thursdays, March 21

(318) 559-2613

Jefferson

Woodland West School

2143 Mars St.
Harvey, LA 70058

Wednesdays, starting Feb. 28

(504) 366-5308

Jefferson

St. Anthony School

900 Franklin St.
Gretna, LA  70053

Thursdays, starting Feb. 29

(504) 367-0689

Jefferson

Terrytown Elementary

550 E. Forest Lawn Drive
Terrytown, LA, 70056

Tuesdays, starting Feb. 20

(504) 944-0801

Jefferson Davis

Lake Arthur Elementary School

500 Mill Ave.
Lake Arthur, LA 70549

Wednesdays, starting Feb. 21

(337) 774-3323

Jefferson Davis

Fenton Elementary School

509 First St.
Fenton, LA  70640

Tuesdays, starting Feb. 20

(337) 756-2326

Monroe

Carver-McDonald Branch Library

2941 Renwick St.
Monroe, LA  71201

Tuesdays, starting March 5

(318) 327-1477

Monroe

Faith Harvest Baptist Church

3701 Nutland Road
Monroe, LA  71202

Thursdays, starting April 4

(318) 324-1277

Morehouse

St. John Missionary Baptist Church

1407 West Madison Ave.
Bastrop, LA  71220

Tuesdays, starting Feb. 20

(318) 281-1760

Orleans

The Helis Foundation John Scott Center

938 Lafayette St.
New Orleans, LA 70113

Wednesdays, starting March 6

(504) 523-4352

Orleans

Homer Plessy Community School

1651 N. Tonti St.
New Orleans, LA  70119

Wednesdays, starting Feb. 21

(504) 503-0055

Orleans

ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary

9501 Grant St.
New Orleans, LA  70127

Tuesdays, starting March 12

(504) 266-6499

Orleans

New Orleans Public Library, Rosa Keller Branch

4300 South Broad St.
New Orleans LA  70125

Thursdays, starting Feb. 29

(504) 596-2583

Orleans

Fischer Community Housing

1400 Semmes St.
New Orleans, LA  70114

Tuesdays, starting March 5

(504) 266-2503

Orleans

Pierre A. Capdau S.T.E.A.M. School

5800 St. Roch Ave.
New Orleans, LA  70122

Thursdays, starting Feb. 22

(504) 872-9257

Orleans

Audubon Charter Gentilly

4720 Painters St.
New Orleans, LA 70122

Thursdays, starting Feb. 22

(504) 309-9434

Orleans

Morris Jeff Community School

211 S. Lopez St.
New Orleans, LA 70119

Wednesdays, starting April 3

Plaquemines

Phoenix High School

12700 Highway 39
Braithwaite, LA 70040

Tuesdays, starting Feb. 20

(504) 595-6480

Sabine

Many Elementary School

1501 Natchitoches Highway
Many, LA  71449

Tuesdays, starting Feb. 27

(318) 256-3450

St. James

St. Louis Academy

8184 Villavaso St.
St. James, LA  70086

Thursdays, starting Feb. 22

(225) 258-4682

St. Landry

J.S. Clark Leadership Academy

1517 Statesmen Rd.
Opelousas, LA  70570

Tuesdays, starting Feb. 20

(337) 418-4222

St. Mary

W.P. Foster Elementary

101 Second St.
Franklin, LA  70538

Wednesdays, starting March 6

(337) 828-1905

Terrebonne

Terrebonne Parish Library

778 Grand Caillou Rd.
Houma, LA  70363

Tuesdays, starting April 2

(985) 876-5861

Union

Union Parish Library

202 W. Jackson St.
Farmerville, LA  71241

Fridays, starting March 29

(318) 368-9226

Washington

Washington Parish Library, Franklinton Branch

825 Free St.
Franklinton, LA  70438

Thursdays, starting Feb. 22

(985) 839-7805

Preschool Reading

Bienville

Ringgold Elementary School

4044 Bienville Rd.
Ringgold, LA  71068

Mondays, starting Feb. 26

(318) 894-2911

Bossier

Meadowview Elementary

4312 Shed Rd.
Bossier City, LA  71111

Tuesdays, starting Feb. 27

(318) 549-5640

Bossier

Stonewall Learning Center

943 Eatman St.
Bossier City, LA  71111

Tuesdays, starting Feb. 27

(318) 742-1245

Caddo

Learning To Love Me Outreach

1201 Gilbert Dr.
Shreveport, LA  71101

Mondays, starting March 11

(318) 562-3358

Caddo

Midway Elementary Professional Development School

3840 Greenwood Rd.
Shreveport, LA  71109

Thursdays, starting Feb. 22

(318) 636-1861

Caddo

Westwood Elementary

7325 Jewella Ave.
Shreveport, LA  71109

Wednesdays, starting Jan. 17

(318) 686-5489

Caddo

Eighty-First Street ECE Center

8108 Fairfield Ave.
Shreveport, LA  71106

Thursdays, starting March 21

(318) 865-3596

Caddo

North Caddo Elementary Middle School

100 West Kentucky Ave.
Vivian, LA  71082

Tuesdays, starting Feb. 20

(318) 603-6696

Iberia

Prime Time at Jeanerette

600 Ira St.
Jeanerette, LA  70544

Thursdays, starting March 7

(337) 579-2070

Iberia

Prime Time at Dodson

420 Dodson St.
New Iberia LA  70563

Thursdays, starting March 7

(337) 376-2840

Jefferson

A.C. Alexander Elementary School

600 West Esplanade Ave.
Kenner, LA  70065

Wednesdays, starting Feb. 21

(504) 469-7326

Jefferson

Spring Ridge Academy

520 W. Jackson St.
Kenner, LA  70062

Thursdays, starting Feb. 19

(985) 224-9307

Lafayette

Prime Time at Willow

1501 E. Willow St.
LAfayette, LA  70501

Thursdays, starting March 7

(337) 465-4810

Lafayette

Prime Time at Immaculate Heart of Mary

812 12th St.
LAfayette, LA  70501

Thursdays, starting March 7

(337) 321-8044

Orleans

New Orleans Public Library, Nora Navra Branch

1902 St. Bernard Ave.
New Orleans LA  70116

Wednesdays, starting March 6

(504) 596-3118

Orleans

Lafayette Academy Lower School

2727 S. Carrollton Ave.
New Orleans, LA  70118

Thursdays, starting Feb. 29

(504) 861-9767

Orleans

Homer Plessy Community School

1651 N. Tonti St.
New Orleans, LA  70119

Wednesdays, starting April 10

(504) 503-0055

Orleans

Langston Hughes Academy

3519 Trafalgar St.
New Orleans, LA  70119

Thursdays, starting Feb. 22

(504) 439-2547

Orleans

TCA Head Start at Mahalia Jackson

2405 Jackson Ave.
New Orleans, LA  70113

Wednesdays, starting Feb. 18

(504) 315-0067

Orleans

CMJ Smart Start Learning

3401 Bennett St.
New Orleans, LA  70131

Wednesdays, starting Feb. 21

(504) 473-7163

St. Mary

St. Mary Parish Library Patterson Branch

521 Catherine St.
Patterson, LA 70392

Tuesdays, starting Feb. 20

(985) 395-2777

Vermilion

Nehemiah Projects of Acadiana Classroom Building

100 South State St.
Abbeville, LA  70510

Wednesdays, starting Feb. 21

(337) 654-5910

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 [email protected].

Prime Time Boxes

Prime Time’s award-winning Family and Preschool reading programs are also available for families to take home and explore on their own. Prime Time Preschool and Family 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 boxes in their communities.

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

Distribution Location

Parish

Phone Number

19th Judicial District Court

East Baton Rouge

Forest Park

Orleans

KIPP Leadership

Orleans

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