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Hartford Jewish Coalition for Literacy

From preschool to third grade, children learn to read; from fourth grade on, they read to learn. Once a child falls behind in reading, chances for academic and economic success are dramatically diminished.

The mission of Hartford Jewish Coalition for Literacy (HJCL) is to build and improve the reading skills of pre-kindergarten to grade three educationally at-risk students in public school districts in Greater Hartford, CT. This is done by recruiting, training, and placing volunteers to read with these students, one-to-one or in small groups, on a consistent weekly basis. HJCL further expands students reading resources through the annual donation of a book to each student and that student's classroom.

View our informational resource guide for details.

NOTE: Each and every volunteer must complete a reading mentor training led by a literacy specialist. 

During HJCL’s 15th school year of involvement,ra volunteers had conducted over 68,000 reading sessions with more than 4,000 children. More than 4,000 new books have been donated to students and their classrooms participating in our program. We are 

For more information, contact Alana Blum, Program Coordinator at (860) 236-READ (7323). Be sure to like our Facebook Page for the latest news and updates from HJCL!