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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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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)

1201 Maginnis St., Donaldsonville, LA 70346

3/9/2022 through 4/13/2022

(225) 621-8851

BATON ROUGE

Wildwood Elementary School

444 Halfway Tree Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70810

3/8/2022 through 4/19/2022

BATON ROUGE

Louisiana Key Academy

3172 Government Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

2/16/2022 through 3/9/2022

(225) 293-1223

BATON ROUGE

GEO Prep Mid City

9285 Dancy Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

2/23/2022 through 3/2/2022

(225) 927-1500

BATON ROUGE

GEO Prep Academy

2311 N. Sherwood Forest Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70815

2/22/2022 through 3/8/2022

(225) 927-1500

CADDO

North Caddo Elementary Middle School

100 West Kentucky Avenue, Vivian, LA 71082

3/1/2022 through 4/12/2022

CALCASIEU

McNeese State University

4205 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA 70605

2/17/2022 through 3/31/2022

(337) 415-5000

CALCASIEU

Westwood Elementary

1900 Sampson St., Westlake, LA 70669

2/21/2022 through 4/4/2022

(337) 217-4940

CAMERON

Cameron Parish Library - Grand Lake Branch

10200 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, LA 70607

3/8/2022 through 4/12/2022

(337) 598-5950

EAST CARROLL

East Carroll Parish Library

109 Sparrow St., Lake Providence, LA 71254

3/3/2022 through 4/7/2022

(318) 559-2615

JEFFERSON

A.C. Alexander Elementary School

600 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, LA 70065

Contact program site for dates

JEFFERSON

Woodland West Elementary School

2143 Mars St, Harvey, LA 70058

Contact program site for dates

LAFOURCHE

Lockport Branch Library

720 Crescent Ave., Lockport, LA 70374

3/9/2022 through 4/13/2022

(985) 447-4119

ORLEANS

The Loft

P.O. Box 872624, New Orleans, LA 70129

2/22/2022 through 3/15/2022

(504) 708-8890

ORLEANS

Morris Jeff Community School

211 S. Lopez St., New Orleans, LA 70119

2/24/2022 through 3/31/2022

ORLEANS

Schaumburg Elementary School

9501 Grant St., New Orleans, LA 70127

3/8/2022 through 4/12/2022

ORLEANS

KIPP Believe Primary

3815 St. Bernard Ave., New Orleans, LA 70125

3/8/2022 through 4/12/2022

(504) 239-6239

ORLEANS

Urban Strategies - Harmony Oaks

3320 Clara St., New Orleans, LA 70115

Contact program site for dates

ORLEANS

CMJ Smart Start Learning

3401 Bennett St., New Orleans, LA 70131

Contact program site for dates

(504) 875-4385

ORLEANS

Langston Hughes Academy

3519 Trafalgar St., New Orleans, LA 70119

Contact program site for dates

ORLEANS

Bienville Basin Apartments

1511 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA, 70112

3/9/2022 through 4/12/2022

PLAQUEMINES

Phoenix High School

12073 Highway 15, Braithwaite, LA 70040

3/8/2022 through 4/12/2022

PLAQUEMINES

South Plaquemines Elementary School

218 School Road, Port Sulphur, LA 70083

1/25/2022 through 3/8/2022

SABINE

Many Elementary School

1501 Natchitoches Highway, LA 71449

2/22/2022 through 4/5/2022

(318) 256-3450

SABINE

Florien High School

500 High School Drive, Florien, La 71429

3/3/2022 through 4/7/2022

(318) 586-3681

ST. CHARLES

St Charles Parish Library - East Regional Library

160 West Campus Drive, Destrehan, LA 70047

3/3/2022 through 4/7/2022

(985) 764-9643

Vermilion

Abbeville Branch Library

405 East St Victor St., Abbeville, Louisiana 70510

3/8/2022 through 4/5/2022

Preschool Reading

BOSSIER

Stonewall Learning Center

943 Eatman St., Bossier City, LA 71111

Contact program site for dates

CADDO

Eighty-First Street ECE Center

8108 Fairfield Ave, Shreveport, LA 71106

3/31/2022 through 5/5/2022

(318) 918-9687

CADDO

Judson Elementary School

3809 Judson St, Shreveport, LA 71109

Contact program site for dates

JEFFERSON

Spring Ridge Academy II

1901 Illinois Ave., Kenner, LA 70062

4/4/2022 through 5/16/2022

(504) 517-1549

JEFFERSON

BrainStorm Educational Services

817 Rupp St., Gretna, LA 70053

1/19/2022 through 2/23/2022

ORLEANS

Priscilla R. Edwards Head Start

2020 Jackson Ave #200, New Orleans, LA 70113

Contact program site for dates

ORLEANS

KIPP Believe Primary

3815 St. Bernard Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122

3/10/2022 through 4/14/2022

(504) 239-6239

ORLEANS

Langston Hughes Academy

3519 Trafalgar St., New Orleans, LA 70119

Contact program site for dates

(929) 246-7955

ORLEANS

Shiloh Gardens Preschool, LLC

1629 Simon Bolivar Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113

Contact program site for dates

ORLEANS

Royal Castle Child Development Center

3800 Eagle St., New Orleans, LA 70118

3/4/2022 through 4/8/2022

(504) 488-1045

ORLEANS

Urban League of Louisiana Clarence L. Barney Head Start

2800 Desire Parkway, New Orleans, LA 70126

Contact program site for dates

OUACHITA

Prime Time Head Start @ MLK

3716 Nutland Road, Monroe, La. 71202

2/24/2022 through 4/7/2022

(318) 582-2001

OUACHITA

Prime Time Head Start - Robinson Place

5307 Robinson Drive, Monroe, LA, 71202

2/24/2022 through 4/7/2022

(318) 855-1826

OUACHITA

Prime Time Head Start - Ransom

420 Wheelis St., West Monroe, LA 71292

2/24/2022 through 4/7/2022

OUACHITA

Prime Time Head Start - Thomas and Wilson

1111 Thomas Ave., Monroe, LA 71202

2/24/2022 through 4/7/2022

ST. TAMMANY

Children's College (The East West Foundation)

967 Carnation St., Slidell, LA 70460

Contact program site for dates

TERREBONNE

St. Lucy Daycare and Child Development Center

1220 Aycock St., Houma, LA 70360

Contact program site for dates

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

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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