“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
~ Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
At this time based, on the current COVID-19 climate, our team has decided to postpone our Early Literacy volunteer tutor’s re-entry into the classroom this fall. If you are interested in becoming an Early Literacy Volunteer in the future or want to learn more about your program please do not hesitate to reach out.
Early childhood development, especially in the areas of reading and math, directly influences economic health and social outcomes for individuals and society.
The Early Literacy Partners Program supports early childhood development by connecting volunteer tutors with young students who need extra support in a classroom settings. After free training with our coordinators, volunteers spend about two hours a week working directly with children in reading and math.
In collaboration with Humboldt State University, we are hoping to close this gap by offering early literacy support to kids starting in Kindergarten and First grade. A child reading with an adult is one of the most effective strategies to support early literacy growth. Through this program, we offer high quality training, resources, and placement for community volunteers to work with students one-on-one, twice a week throughout our region. The program is designed to help benefit “reluctant or struggling” readers and reinforce what the teacher is doing in the classroom so it’s an enhanced learning experience for those identified students needing extra support.
Many people think of mathematics as separate from language and literacy; however, when you discuss and debate about mathematics you have to be precise in language and thinking and have the ability to explain your reasoning. Literacy in mathematics also becomes critical in the ability to understanding definitions and word meanings and how to appropriately describe words and objects. For this reason, we also offer training and placement for volunteers interested in tutoring second grade students in math.
Early Literacy volunteers:
Early Literacy volunteers are required to pass a TB test and a background check. All costs for these are covered by the program.
If you are interested in becoming an Early Literacy volunteer, or are a teacher interested in participating in the program, please email Ashley Kane or call (707) 445-7072.
I enjoy it. I’m 83 and I feel like I’m doing something important … I want to continue to keep myself busy. I find the tutoring to be enjoyable.Jim Anderson
This is a wonderful program. I am honored to be a part of these beautiful children’s lives, and remain in awe of their incredible teachers.Judith Stoffer
Helping young children to learn to read is a powerful way to help make a difference in our community. It is also wonderful to be able to be around young children again and learn about their perceptions of the world, and how we can help them.Rollin Richmond