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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)

1201 Maginnis St., Donaldsonville, LA

Sept. 7-Oct. 12

225-621-8851

BATON ROUGE

Louisiana Key Academy

3172 Government St., Baton Rouge, LA

Sept. 14-Oct. 19

225-298-1223

BIENVILLE

Ringgold Elementary School

4044 Bienville Road, Ringgold, LA

Sept. 12-Oct. 24

318-894-2911

BOSSIER

Meadowview Elementary School

4312 Shed Rd, Bossier City, LA

Sept. 1-Oct. 6

318-549-5640

CADDO

North Caddo Elementary Middle School

100 West Kentucky Avenue, Vivian, LA

Sept. 13-Oct. 25

318-603-6696

CADDO

Werner Park Elementary School

2715 Corbitt St., Shreveport, LA

Sept. 13-Oct. 18

318-364-5336

CADDO

Multicultural Center of the South

520 N. Spring St, Shreveport, LA

Sept. 8-Oct. 13

318-424-1380

CALCASIEU

Westwood Elementary

1900 Sampson St., Westlake, LA

Sept. 1-Oct. 6

337-217-4940

CAMERON

Cameron Parish Library

10200 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, LA

Oct. 4-Nov. 8

337-598-5950

EAST CARROLL

East Carroll Parish Library

109 Sparrow St., Lake Providence, LA

Sept. 22-Oct. 27

318-559-2615

JEFFERSON

Woodland West School

2143 Mars St., Harvey, LA

Sept. 28-Nov. 2

504-366-5308

JEFFERSON

Allen Ellender School

4501 Ames Blvd., Marrero, LA

Sept. 27-Nov. 1

504-341-9469

LA SALLE

LaSalle Parish Library, Headquarters

3165 N. 1st St., Jena, LA

Sept. 6-Oct. 11

318-992-5675

LAFOURCHE

Lafourche Parish Public Library

805 E. 7th St., Thibodaux, LA

Sept. 21-Oct. 26

985-580-0634

ORLEANS

The Loft

P.O. Box 872624, New Orleans, LA

Oct. 4-Nov. 8

504-708-8890

ORLEANS

Morris Jeff Community School

211 S. Lopez St., New Orleans, LA

Sept. 14-Oct. 19

504-373-6258

ORLEANS

ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary School

9501 Grant St., New Orleans, LA

Sept. 20-Nov. 1

504-266-6499

ORLEANS

Langston Hughes Academy

3519 Trafalgar St., New Orleans, LA

Oct. 26-Nov. 30

929-246-7955

ORLEANS

Urban Strategies, Inc. Bienville-Basin

1511 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA

Sept. 13-Oct. 19

504-522-9078

ORLEANS

Urban Strategies, Inc. Harmony Oaks

2514 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA

Sept. 13-Oct. 18

504-354-8600

ORLEANS

Urban Strategies, Inc. Marrero Commons

1100 S. Tonti St., New Orleans, LA

Sept. 6-Oct. 11

504-524-9011

PLAQUEMINES

Phoenix High School

12073 Highway 15, Braithwaite, LA

Sept. 13-Oct. 18

504-595-6480

PLAQUEMINES

South Plaquemines Elementary School

218 School Road, Port Sulphur, LA

Sept. 20-Oct. 25

504-595-6415

RAPIDES

St. James Episcopal Church

1620 Murray St., Alexandria, LA

Oct. 13-Nov. 17

318-445-9845

SABINE

Many Elementary School

1501 Natchitoches Highway, Many, LA

Sept. 6-Oct. 18

318-256-3450

UNION

Latinas Unidas

1024 Sterlington Highway, Farmerville, LA

Aug. 30-Oct. 4

318-368-9242

Vermilion

Kaplan Library

405 East Victor St., Abbeville, Louisiana

Sept. 6-Oct. 11

337-893-2674

Preschool Reading

BIENVILLE

Ringgold Elementary School

4044 Bienville Road, Ringgold, LA

Sept. 12-Oct. 24

318-894-2911

BOSSIER

Multi-Cultural Development Center

935 Eatman St., Bossier City, LA

Oct. 4-Nov. 1

318-741-5941

BOSSIER

Meadowview Elementary School

4312 Shed Road, Bossier City, LA

Sept. 1-Oct. 6

318-549-5640

BOSSIER

Stonewall Learning Center

943 Eatman St., Bossier City, LA

Oct. 4-Nov. 1

318-742-1245

DE SOTO

North DeSoto Lower Elementary School

2623 US-171, Stonewall, LA

Sept. 13-Oct. 25

318-925-2382

IBERIA

Prime Time Head Start at Dodson

420 Dodson St., New Iberia, LA

Sept. 29-Nov. 3

337-376-2840

IBERIA

Prime Time Head Start Jeanerette

600 Ira St., Jeanerette, LA

Sept. 29-Nov. 3

337-579-2070

JEFFERSON

Spring Ridge Academy

520 Jackson St., Kenner, LA

Oct. 5-Nov. 9

504-465-8330

JEFFERSON

A.C. Alexander Elementary School

600 W Esplanade Ave., Kenner, LA

Sept. 28-Nov. 2

504-469-7326

JEFFERSON

BrainStorm

1509 Monroe St., Gretna, LA

Sept. 21-Oct. 19

504-338-2420

JEFFERSON

Allen Ellender School

4501 Ames Blvd., Marrero, LA

Sept. 28-Nov. 2

504-341-9469

LAFAYETTE

Prime Time Head Start at Willow Street

1501 E. Willow St., Lafayette, LA

Sept. 29-Nov. 3

337-991-1783

LAFAYETTE

Prime Time Head Start at IHM

818 12th St. Lafayette, LA

Sept. 29-Nov. 3

337-321-8044

ORLEANS

Priscilla Edwards Head Start

2020 Jackson Ave #200, New Orleans, LA

Sept. 15-Oct. 20

504-210-1143

ORLEANS

Urban League Clarence L. Barney Head Start

2800 Desire Parkway, New Orleans, LA

Sept. 13-Oct. 18

504-944-0801

ORLEANS

Operation Pathways

3708 Garden Oaks Dr, New Orleans, LA

Sept. 14-Oct. 19

504-517-4436

ORLEANS

Community Academies of New Orleans - Lafayette Academy Charter School

2727 S Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA

Sept. 8-Oct. 13

504-861-9767

ORLEANS

Langston Hughes Academy

3519 Trafalgar St., New Orleans, LA

Sept. 7-Oct. 12

504-373-6251

ORLEANS

Dr. Peter W. Dangerfield Head Start Training Center

1402 S. Norman C. Francis Parkway, New Orleans, LA

Sept. 1-Oct. 6

504-459-4820

OUACHITA

Prime Time Head Start at MLK

3716 Nutland Road, Monroe, LA

Sept. 29-Nov. 3

318-582-2001

OUACHITA

Prime Time Head Start at Robinson Place

5307 Robinson Drive, Monroe, LA

Sept. 29-Nov. 3

318-855-1826

OUACHITA

Prime Time Head Start at Ransom

420 Wheelis St., West Monroe, LA

Sept. 29-Nov. 3

318-855-1392

OUACHITA

Prime Time Head Start at Thomas and Wilson

1111 Thomas Ave., Monroe, LA

Sept. 29-Nov. 3

318-361-3801

PLAQUEMINES

Belle Chasse Primary School

601 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse, LA

Sept. 28-Nov. 2

504-595-6120

[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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