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Read! Reading Success by 4th Grade is a community initiative with the goal of ALL of Springfield’s children reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade.

We wish this for every child! #Everychildareader #givethegiftofreading HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Parents/families! Did you know that reading for 20 minutes every day during the summer can help your child stay on track for success when school starts? No summer learning loss! And when your child chooses his/her own book to read, that can lead to a love of reading! #413reads

Latest Stories

Springfield’s collaborative work to strengthen the quality of early childhood education was spotlighted recently in their Condition of Education in the Commonwealth (Winter 2018) report, Resetting the Pace of Education Reform: Lessons of Continuous Improvement of The Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy.  Click here to read the report [PDF]

Springfield Receives All-America City Award for Efforts to Improve Early Literacy

Springfield has been named a 2017 All-America City for its civic engagement to help more young children from low-income families achieve grade-level reading proficiency and early school success.


Posted on: Nov 20,2018
Text 413 Families brings innovative educational experiences to parents' fingertips
A community literacy campaign developed and managed by WGBY in Springfield, Mass., and multiple partners regularly interacts wit…
Posted on: Jul 17,2018
413families Celebrates the 4th of July!
We asked our 413families to share photos of how they celebrated the 4th of July – here are all the responses! Thank you to…
Sally C Fuller
Posted on: Apr 23,2018
Fighting for Teacher Home Visits
In case you hadn’t seen this powerful video about a dad advocating for parent/teacher home visits — from Springfield…

#413reads Winners

See our Pride gift card winners sharing their reading photos and favorite books! Learn more about the program

Clarence Smith

Clarence Smith

Final Touch Barber Shop is a local business committed to helping make every child a reader!

Xiomara Pérez

Xiomara Pérez

We love to read Knuffle Bunny, my children love that the book has many funny words.

Hope Ross

Hope Ross

My daughter, Gaia, and I love reading books before bedtime, while we're out and about, and we always make some time each day to sit as a family and read!

Sol Arroyo

Sol Arroyo

My daughter, Sophia, and I are reading Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert. My baby love colors, so I read to her about all the beautiful colors!

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Early Literacy Programs
  • Talk/Read/Succeed!
    Talk/Read/Succeed! (TRS) is a comprehensive education initiative designed to improve the number of children reading proficiently…
  • Reader to Reader
    DiscoverBooks, a program of Reader to Reader, empowers parents to become active participants in the early literacy development o…
  • Family Child Care Language & Literacy Project
    Helps providers build skills to improve children's foundation for literacy and supplies them with books and activities to promot…
  • Link to Libraries
    Founded in 2008, Link to Libraries’ mission is to collect and distribute new books to elementary school libraries and non-…
  • Raising a Reader
    Raising A Reader MA is an evidence-based early literacy program that seeks to close the academic achievement gap by helping fami…
  • Stand for Children
    Stand for Children’s mission is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school pre…
  • Reach Out and Read
    Reach Out and Read prepares young children for school success by partnering with pediatricians to prescribe books and encourage …
  • MA Reading Corps at Springfield College
    The Springfield College Student Success Corps is an AmeriCorps program that focuses on providing academic and social-emotional s…
  • The Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative
    The Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative (HSLI) is a region-wide initiative to expand quality summer-learning opportunities for chi…
  • READY! for Kindergarten
    READY! for Kindergarten is an interactive workshop for parents and caregivers of children birth through five years old originall…
  • Springfield Bto3rd
    Birth-Third is about improving the quality of education and care at three developmental levels ages 0-3, 3-5, and 5-9 while impr…
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