Literacy Inc.

New York, New York, USA

Saved $23,564

Education, Community & Economic Development, Education, Philanthropy & Capacity Building, Youth Development


“When a child reads, a community succeeds!”

The premise is simple. Every community has resources waiting to be activated to bring the joy of reading to children. Literacy Inc. (LINC) engages the entire community around reading because we believe that all of the people and places that interact with children during their day can support their early literacy achievement.

What We Do

High-quality early childhood programs, family involvement and community support are critical in developing strong literacy skills for at-risk emerging readers. Through its unique approach, LINC builds vibrant networks that support literacy throughout the community. LINC works with schools, families, libraries, community centers, local businesses, and community partners to create a sustained, coordinated effort that gives families opportunities to practice literacy skills, model good reading behaviors, and extend classroom learning.

LINC’s innovative Comprehensive Literacy Model improves grade-level literacy skills using three interlocking strategies:

• LINC increases in and out-of-school time opportunities for students and families to practice essential literacy skills and model positive reading behaviors, and
• LINC demonstrates to parents how to create a literacy-rich home environment and engage with the school around their child’s literacy development, providing books and resources, and
• LINC organizes the community, through parent leadership training and collaborations with neighborhood-based organizations, to grow and sustain a culture that supports reading achievement for all children through coordinated enrichment opportunities.

LINC works in the highest poverty communities where children are coming to school significantly behind in their language and literacy skills. We provide programs and support in under-resourced communities that mirror what more advantaged children routinely experience in their lives, so that at-risk students can acquire the reading skills to allow them to stay in school, graduate and not perpetuate the cycle of poverty.