Read With Me Family Literacy


Read With Me encompasses our family literacy programming that serves families with children enrolled in Midcoast Maine Community Action Head Start preschool programs, Early Head Start center-based childcare, and the Early Head Start Home Visitor Program. In each instance, we collaborate with the Head Start staff to provide information, experiences, and books to advance the early literacy development of young children within the family environment, so the children will be better prepared to start elementary school ready to succeed.


Head Start Read With Me Sessions:  We offer a series of nine 45-minute sessions per school year at each of the seven Head Start centers in our service area. Adult members of teh families are invited and encouraged to join their children in their classrooms for this fun, engaging story and activity time.  Each Read With Me session revolves around a high-quality children’s book. At the end of the session, every family receives an copy of the session's book and a hand-out of extension ideas to do at home.  This is a no-pressure opportunity for the parents to experience their children’s classroom, have fun with books and literacy with their children, and pick up ideas they may do at home. With repeat attendance, parents gain encouragement to read on a regular basis with their children, get new books to keep and use at home, and build an increasing sense of their family as a family of readers.


Early Head Start Read With Me Story Time Sessions: In the Early Head Start childcare classrooms, we provide a series of 5 short theme-based story-time sessions for the children, teachers, and any participating parents. The Read With Me instructor reads one or two of the four selected books and leads a related activity or two, involving everyone present. At the end of the session, the teachers are given enough copies of the selected books to send home two books with every child, to ensure families have age-appropriate books at home to read to their children.

 Early Head Start Home Visitor Program Workshops: We provide a series of three literacy workshops to the Home Visitors who meet weekly with their families with children ages birth to 3 on a one-on-one basis. Our workshops focus on early literacy development and ways the Home Visitors can use reading and books during their visits to promote the skills they want their families to develop. At each workshop, the Home Visitors are given a selection of books so they can give a total of six books to every family they serve over the course of one year.