Vermont's Literacy Organizations
Literacy organizations throughout Vermont
are working with adults and children to put a stop to the implications
of illiteracy. To learn about literacy efforts in your community,
contact one of the organizations below. Share this information with others; download a PDF of this list and more.
Early Literacy Workshop and More
Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF)
The Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing a love of reading and writing among children throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. In particular, CLiF targets children in rural communities and children who are at high risk of growing up with low literacy skills. CLiF's 12 programs have served tens of thousands of children in more than 260 communities across the two states. CLiF provides new books, writing workshops, author visits, storytelling and other forms of support to many groups including children in rural towns, migrant children, refugee children, children in shelters and low-income houseing, and children of prison inmates. CLiF is based in Waterbury Center, Vermont.
Everybody Wins! Vermont (EW!)
(802) 229-BOOK (2665)
Everybody Wins! Vermont (EW!) is a children’s literacy and mentoring organization
dedicated to encouraging positive attitudes about reading in elementary school children.
Reading Mentor volunteers are paired with students at local elementary schools to
promote reading for pleasure, build self-confidence and enhance self-esteem in the
children, and to serve as caring adult role models. EW! VT provides books, training
materials, orientations, parent workshops and student activities. EW! VT also organizes
periodic continuing education workshops for parents/guardians and mentors in order to
support their efforts helping children learn to love to read.
Mother Goose Programs
Mother Goose Programs are learning opportunities from the Vermont Center for the Book. Mother Goose Programs enhance the development, self-esteem, school readiness and success of young children by building the skills and confidence of parents, librarians, and early childhood educators. Mother Goose Programs provide adults with picture books, activity guides, materials, training, and online resources to transform reading with preschool children into multi-dimensional and powerful learning experiences.
The Northern Lights Career Development Center
The Northern Lights Career Development Center works with the Child Development Division and the Bright Futures Information System to help early educators find out when and where workshops are being held and how to keep track of workshops taken. Vermont Northern Lights Career Development Center can also help early childhood professionals and budding professionals find the best career pathways.
Stern Center for Language and Learning
802.878.2332 or toll-free 800-544-4863
The Stern Center evaluates and instructs children and adults in all areas of learning including reading, writing, spelling, math, oral language, and study skills. Individuals come to the Stern center with learning differences that range from mild learning-style problems to complex learning disabilities. The Stern Center also designs professional development programs for educators, sharing the latest in educational research through courses offered throughout the year that demonstrate how this research can be applied to evaluate and instruct learners of all ages.
Vermont Humanities Council
The Vermont Humanities Council offers free, lively, interactve workshops that promote a lifelong love of reading, Never Too Early professional development for early care and educations providers, and Read With Me programs for parents of young children. Participants discover ways to make books come alive that encourage language development and communication, and receive books to take home. Other humanities-based literacy programs reach middle school students, incarcerated adults and adult literacy students.
An annual statewide one-book community reading program involves readers of many ages and backgrounds. VHC programs also include book discussions, speaker events, conferences and a grants program that supports humanities projects of other nonprofit organizations.
Vermont Public Television
In order to enhance the learning readiness of preschool and early elementary school children, Vermont Public Television (VPT) provides non-violent, commercial-free, educational children's programming to Vermont households. In conjunction with this programming, VPT's Ready to Learn program offers workshops for parents and early educators to help prepare children for school. Their goal is to support literacy development and children's readiness to learn.
VSA Arts of Vermont
VSA Arts of Vermont presents a statewide preschool artist residency program, Start With The Arts, promoting literacy and artistic expression for preschool children as well as training for child care providers. SWTA is unique among literacy programs in combining 12 weeks of activities for children emphasizing inclusion of students with disabilities, with experimental on-site training for home child care providers. Start With The Arts instructors also offer 6 hours of training outside child care hours for providers with skill building for Vermont Core Competencies.
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