Committee Updates - Summer 2019
August 30, 2019
Featured on MassLive: Chrissy Howard says literacy effort is about changing lives
August 20, 2019
Chrissy Howard is on a mission. Together with scores of partners in the Springfield community, she hopes to one day see increasing numbers of the city’s schoolchildren graduate from high school, prepared to do whatever they want, whether it be college or otherwise, and to become active and engaged citizens wherever they choose to live.
Springfield City Library New Home to Reading Success by 4th Grade Initiative
July 16, 2019
The Springfield City Library has assumed management of the Reading Success by 4th Grade initiative, launched by the Davis Foundation in 2009 and most recently managed by Sally Fuller until her retirement in 2018.
Help your child stay on track for success when school starts!
July 15, 2019
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?
Springfield's Collaborative Work to Strengthen Quality of Early Child Education Spotlighted in Recent Report
March 1, 2019
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.
Text 413 Families brings innovative educational experiences to parents' fingertips
November 20, 2018
A community literacy campaign developed and managed by WGBY in Springfield, Mass., and multiple partners regularly interacts with parents of young children with text messages encouraging them to help their children learn to read.
Springfield Children Read 778,000 Minutes Over the Summer
September 27, 2018
Springfield Reads to Build a Better World, a citywide summer reading project developed last year to help spread the message of the importance of children reading for 20 minutes every day, has announced that Springfield children have read more than 778,250 minutes this summer, having participated in 38,912 twenty-minute reading sessions in summer programs across the City.
413families Celebrates the 4th of July!
July 17, 2018
We asked our 413families to share photos of how they celebrated the 4th of July – here are all the responses! Thank you to our opt-ins for sharing your experiences with us!
Summer Program Guide 2018
May 11, 2018
This Summer Programs Guide provides a listing of 2018 camp programs available throughout the city to your children ... and to you! Through fun and engaging activities and programs, your children will be learning while they're having fun. Keeping our children engaged during the long school break helps to avoid summer learning loss that often puts our children behind academically when they return to school in the fall.
Reading Aloud Can Reduce Hyperactivity, Attention Problems in Children
April 11, 2018
A new study, “Reading Aloud, Play and Social-Emotional Development,” published in the April 2018 issue of Pediatrics, studies how pediatric programs that promote positive parenting activities such as reading out loud and pretend play affect children’s social and emotional development.
Talk/Read/Succeed! thanks Senator Jim Welch
March 7, 2018
The Talk/Read/Succeed! family recently gave thanks to state Sen. James Welch for his long-standing support of the early literacy program that unites housing, school and the community.
Paul Tuthill at WAMC radio allowed a lengthy interview – I did talk a lot – but it helps people to understand much of what we’re doing in RS4G.
January 9, 2018
Reading Success by 4th Grade recently celebrated the community’s involvement in Springfield’s grade level reading proficiency initiative. WAMC radio interviewed Project Director Sally Fuller to hear what the celebration and the initiative is all about.
Springfield Kids Read Half a Million Minutes In Summer Reading Project
October 27, 2017
Springfield children read over half a million minutes this summer (541,520 minutes) in 12 summer learning programs throughout the city, including Springfield Public Schools Early Start programs.
Springfield Cooperative Preschool is Now Enrolling!
August 3, 2017
There is a wonderful opportunity for 4-year-old Springfield children who have not had a formal early childhood education experience to enroll in a free, full-day, full-year, high-quality preschool. Children can enroll in classrooms with Head Start, Square One or YMCA Learning Center. Enrolling now for September openings.
Citywide Summer Reading Project Announces 222K Minutes Read By Springfield Children
July 25, 2017
Springfield Reads to Build a Better World, a citywide summer reading project developed to help spread the message of the importance of children reading for 20 minutes every day, has announced that so far this summer, 11,000 Springfield children participating in nine summer learning programs throughout the city, including Springfield Public Schools Early Start programs, have read for at least 20 minutes every day, totaling 222,580 minutes thus far.
Business Champions for Children Event Held at the Hall of Fame
July 18, 2017
David Lawrence, Jr., founder of the Florida Children’s Movement, inspired a gathering of business and community leaders early this week at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.
John Davis Named Community Champion Award Winner At Denver Grade-Level Reading Conference
July 6, 2017
John Davis, Senior Trustee for the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Ventry Industries, LLC, has been named the Community Champion Award winner by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading at the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading All-America City Awards Gathering in Denver, Colorado June 14-16.
Springfield Receives All-America City Award for Efforts to Improve Early Literacy
July 6, 2017
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. Springfield was one of just 15 communities nationwide to receive the award from the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the National Civic League, which created the program 67 years ago, during Grade-Level Reading Week in Denver, Colorado at the All-America City Awards.
Springfield, Massachusetts Honored as a 2016 National Pacesetter for Early Literacy Work
March 31, 2017
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Recognizes Springfield as Exemplary
Springfield’s 3rd graders make gains on reading proficiency in 2016
March 23, 2017
Contributing to the overall success of the school district are the gains made by third grade students who took the PARCC assessment.
Sign Up for Texts from 413Families
January 5, 2017
Make a New Year’s Resolution to join the 413families (or 413familias) text messaging campaign to get messages with cool things to do with your family, literacy and health tips and more. And you will have the opportunity to win some great prizes, too!
Gerena School 'Family Literacy Night' gives parents tips on reading with their children
December 9, 2016
The event was an effort to get parents to read to their children on a regular basis, particularly before the third grade.
Springfield Cooperative Preschool is Now Enrolling!
August 10, 2016
There is a wonderful opportunity for 4-year-old Springfield children who have not had a formal early childhood education experience to enroll in a free, full-day, full-year, high quality preschool.
'Seussian Soiree' launches public portion of campaign to open new Dr. Seuss museum at the Quadrangle
June 9, 2016
Mary Walachy, executive director of the Davis Foundation, explained that the museum is aligned with the goals of the Davis Foundation, whose mission has always revolved around reading and building early literacy skills, along with increasing the economic vitality of the city.
Talk/Read/Succeed! success story at Sullivan Apartments
March 7, 2016
It didn’t take long for the Hernandez family to connect with Talk/Read/Succeed! once they heard about it. That was in 2010, shortly after they moved to Springfield Housing Authority’s Sullivan Apartments, when Daniel and Natasha Hernandez and their five young children attended the annual ‘Back to School’ outdoor extravaganza sponsored by T/R/S!
SHA mural captures concept of family literacy
March 1, 2016
For Ludlow artist Rachel Saloio, the mural-sized painting ‘Community’ is nothing short of a labor of love. Saloio was commissioned by the Springfield Housing Authority this summer to paint a four-by-eight feet work of art to illustrate Talk/Read/Succeed!, the collaborative, family-based literacy initiative that has made strides in boosting and retaining reading levels among children at two family developments.
Siblings are teachers too!
November 13, 2015
It's not only parents and grandparents who experience the joy of reading to a young child. Older siblings can play a vital role too. Heather Anderson shares that her son Christian Anderson PFC in the United States Marine Corps and Heather's 7 year old daughter Milanna Stieranka share the love of reading together.
State officials, members of Western Mass legislative delegation and local early childhood leaders officially opened the early childhood center at 15 Catherine Street this week
September 23, 2015
Mass. Dept. Of Early Education and Care Commissioner Tom Weber lauds the partners in this important effort for working together and getting it done for Springfield's youngest children.
Springfield Receives a Truckload of Books! Thank you FirstBook!
September 17, 2015
Over 215 schools, civic groups, community organizations and faith groups answered our call and joined us in our mission to bring 40,000 free brand new books to the children of Springfield. After 2,000 individuals registered for First Book, we got word that Disney Publications had donated the books and that they were on the way.
Commissioner Thomas L. Weber Testimony Before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Education
September 17, 2015
Department of Early Education and Care Commissioner Tom Weber testifies at hearing of Joint Committee on Education...emphasizing the urgency to fund high quality early childhood education experiences for the Commonwealth's youngest citizens.
New website designed for parents in Massachusetts
September 17, 2015
The Department of Early Education and Care is excited to share the launch of a new website designed for parents in Massachusetts. One Tough Job provides parents with information and resources to help moms and dads be the best parents they can be.
First day of kindergarten: A key transition
September 11, 2015
The first day of school is always a little nerve-racking, but the first day of kindergarten is particularly fraught. In this blog, Laura Bornfreund and Lisa Guernsey of New America (think tank in Washington DC) explain how policymakers can reshape the primary years and re-envision the elementary school.
Highlights from WGBY’s Summer of Fun & Learning
September 8, 2015
This photomontage shows moments from many of our summer activities in the Community Engagement and Education Department. Among them are preK classroom visits to Springfield’s Head Start on Carew Street and the YMCA of Greater Springfield.
State Senator Eric Lesser wrote a Guest Viewpoint for The Republican.. and here’s how it begins:
August 31, 2015
"As summer winds down and families gear up for back-to-school season, it's a good time to remember the vital importance of early education."
Back in the Habit: New Routines to Kick Off the School Year from Too Small to Fail
August 30, 2015
Summer is almost over, and that means one very important thing: back to school season has begun!
Literacy Songs for Little Ones
August 21, 2015
Retired Springfield educator Jo-Anne Wilson-Keenan and her husband have written and recorded a CD - Literacy Songs for Little Ones. Creative Child Magazine has given it the CD of the Year Award. Wilson-Keenan continues to consult in Springfield on the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative.
We think it’s cool, too! #413reads
July 24, 2015
Scholastic posted this on YouTube to ask kids why they read...and their answers are magical.
Free Little Libraries, #413reads Bring Books into the Community
July 3, 2015
Many families in the 413 area code don’t have easy access to books to read to their children. Jackie Neiman and I, two parents of graduating seniors at the Sinai Temple, saw an opportunity to come up with a way to get more books into the homes of Springfield families.
Springfield City Library Summer Reading Program
July 3, 2015
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Springfield School Superintendent Daniel J. Warwick love to read, and as honorary Co-Chairmen of Springfield City Library's Summer Reading Club, they challenge all city children (teens too!) to read this summer, for the fun of it!
Healthy attendance habits promoted through walking programs at Springfield elementary schools
May 12, 2015
A Problem hidden in Plain Sight, a key ingredient for ensuring success in school is helping children at the beginning of their academic careers get into the habit of attending school every day.
Home City Families is offering many activities for Springfield families in April/May
April 16, 2015
Check out the calendar for Ready! for Kindergarten, a free series of parent and caregiver workshops that informs - through play and instruction - about children's developmental stages by age level for three domains - literacy, math and reasoning, and social emotional.
Loving Literacy - Zero to Three Magic of Everyday Moments on Vimeo
February 27, 2015