The AfterSchool KidzLit program, developed through years of real-world testing with partner organizations, is tailored to the unique needs of after-school and summer programs.

  • Academic enrichment is increasingly important.
  • Leaders may need support.
  • Participants want to have fun.
  • Community-building is important.

Various aspects of the program particularly support English Language Learners.

  • An emphasis on building children’s vocabulary and background knowledge
  • Opportunities to read widely and engage in critical discussions of the reading material
  • A focus on enjoying the reading rather than being intimidated by it

We recommend using the program two or three times per week.

  • The length of a session (30 to 90 minutes) depends on the age of the children and how involved they get.
  • If possible, use a quiet space for the reading and talking parts of the program.

For each book, leaders have a Story Guide that outlines the five-part process for conducting the story-related activities. Professional development is not required but is strongly recommended. We believe (and preliminary data show) that your program will be most successful if leaders are trained to use the materials. A variety of assessment tools can help leaders and project directors determine the impact of the AfterSchool KidzLit program at their site.