The Connecticut Humanities Council (CHC) supports 35 partner organizations across the state by providing training, books, and technical assistance.  Last year 33 sites in Connecticut ran Family Read classes, reaching more than 2,000 adults and nearly 4,000 children. CHC has found that giving books to participants provides a tremendous incentive for them to come to and engage in classes.  Word-of-mouth has also been important—participants tell their friends and neighbors and soon they want to participate as well.  CHC has been maximizing a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to focus on three urban areas of the state. Through this Urban Reading Initiative (URI) the Council is developing relationships with 12 new partners in New Haven, New London, and Hartford.  Through the URI, Motheread instruction is pulled under the same umbrella as other programs to provide a more comprehensive approach to building a culture of literacy.

Stuart Parnes, Executive Director

Sandra Santy, Public Humanities

Christine Pizarro, Family Read Coordinator, Public Humanities Program

Connecticut Humanities Council

37 Broad Street

Middletown, CT 06457

Phone: 860-685-2260

Fax: 860-685-7597

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