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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 Office (Wag Center)

1201 Maginnis St., Donaldsonville, LA

March 1-April 5 at 6 p.m.

225-621-8851

Caddo

Caddo Heights Math/Science Elementary School

1702 Corbitt St., Shreveport, LA

Feb. 28-April 11 at 5:15 p.m.

318-636-9610

Calcasieu

E.K. Key Elementary School

1201 E. Burton St., Sulphur, LA

Feb. 28-April 4 at 5:15 p.m.

337-217-4660

Cameron

Cameron Parish Library - Hackberry Branch

10200 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, LA

March 14-April 18 at 6 p.m.

337-598-5950

Cameron

JD Clifton Early Learning Center

100 N. Prater St., Lake Charles, LA

Feb. 27-April 17 at 4:30 p.m.

337-802-6736

East Baton Rouge

Wildwood Elementary School

444 Halfway Tree Road, Baton Rouge, LA

March 14-April 25 at 5 p.m.

225-772-8630

East Carroll Parish

East Carroll Parish Library

109 Sparrow St., Lake Providence, LA

Feb. 23-March 30 at 4:30 p.m.

318-559-2615

Jefferson

Woodland West School

2143 Mars St., Harvey, LA

March 1-April 12 at 4:30 p.m.

504-250-6681

Lafourche

Lafourche Parish Public Library - Larose Branch

305 E. Fifth St., Larose, LA

March 1-April 5 at 6 p.m.

985-447-4119

Orleans

Langston Hughes Academy

3519 Trafalgar St., New Orleans, LA

March 1 to April 5 at 5:30 p.m.

504-405-4462

Orleans

Mildred Osborne Charter School

6701 Curran Blvd., New Orleans, LA

Feb. 20-April 7 at 5 p.m.

504-250-3906

Orleans

Morris Jeff Community School

211 S. Lopez St., New Orleans, LA

March 1-April 5 at 5:30 p.m.

504-373-6258

Orleans

ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary School

9501 Grant St., New Orleans, LA

Feb. 28-April 4 at 4:30 p.m.

504-523-4352

Plaquemines

Phoenix High School

12700 LA-39, Braithwaite, LA

Feb. 28-April 4 at 4:30 p.m.

504-595-6480

Plaquemines

South Plaquemines Elementary

218 School Road, Port Sulphur, LA

Feb. 28-April 4 at TBD

504-595-6415

St. James

St. Louis Academy

8184 Villavaso St., St. James, LA

March 2-April 13 at 5:30 p.m.

225-258-4682

Union

Town of Farmerville - Latinas Unidas

606 Bernice St., Farmerville, LA

TBD

318-368-9242

Preschool Reading

Bienville

Ringgold Elementary School

4044 Bienville Road #A, Ringgold, LA

Feb. 27-April 10 at 5:30 p.m.

318-894-2912

Bossier

Stonewall Learning Center

943 Eatman St., Bossier City, LA

Feb. 28-April 4 at 6:15 p.m.

318-742-1275

Iberia

Prime Time Head Start at Dodson

420 Dodson St., New Iberia, LA

Feb. 23-April 6 at 4:30 p.m.

504-523-4352

Iberia

Prime Time Head Start at Jeanerette

600 Ira St., Jeanerette, LA

Feb. 23-April 6 at 4:30 p.m.

504-523-4352

Jefferson

A.C. Alexander Elementary School

600 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, LA

March 1-April 5 at 4:30 p.m.

504-469-7326

Lafayette

Prime Time Head Start at Immaculate Heart

812 12th St., Lafayette, LA

Feb. 23-April 6 at 4:30 p.m.

504-523-4352

Lafayette

Prime Time Head Start at Willow Street

1501 E Willow St., Lafayette, LA

Feb. 23-April 6 at 4:30 p.m.

337-465-4810

Orleans

Homer Plessy Community School

721 St. Philip St., New Orleans, LA

March 2-April 6 at 4:30 p.m.

504-503-0055

Orleans

Langston Hughes Academy

3519 Trafalgar St., New Orleans, LA

March 1-April 5 at 5 p.m.

504-405-4462

Orleans

Rosa Keller Library

4300 South Broad St., New Orleans, LA

March 7-April 11 at 4:30 p.m.

504-596-2587

Orleans

Urban League of Greater New Orleans (Barney Head Start)

2800 Desire Parkway, New Orleans, LA

Feb. 28-April 4 at 4:30 p.m.

504-944-0801

Ouachita

Prime Time Head Start at Robinson

5307 Robinson Drive, Monroe, LA

Feb. 23-April 6 at 4:30 p.m.

504-523-4352

Ouachita

Prime Time Head Start at Ransom

420 Wheelis St., Monroe, LA

Feb. 23-April 6 at 5 p.m.

504-523-4352

Ouachita

Prime Time Head Start at Thomas & Wilson

1111 Thomas Ave., Monroe, LA

Feb. 23-April 6 at 4:30 p.m.

504-523-4352

Ouachita

Prime Time Head Start at MLK

3716 Nutland Road, Monroe, LA

Feb. 23-April 6 at 4:30 p.m.

504-523-4352

St. Landry

Highland Elementary School

1341 Duck Ave., Eunice, LA

March 1-April 5 at 5:30 p.m.

337-550-1246

[email protected]

[email protected] 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 [email protected] workshops support caregivers in strengthening a child’s relationship to reading through effective at-home practices. For more information about [email protected], 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

Cottonport Library

Avoyelles

318-359-2369

Community Partners Louisiana Cares

Lafayette

337-258-2314

Families Helping Families of Acadiana

Lafayette

337-278-5655

Natchitoches Main Street

Natchitoches

318-652-7078

TrainingGrounds

Orleans

504-251-7963

V.O.T.E. (Voice of the Experience)

Orleans

504-931-6990

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