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Reading aloud is the foundation for literacy development. It is the single most important activity for reading success." (Bredekamp, Coople & Neuman, 2000)

November Leap Into Learning Events

Leap Into Learning (LiL): Supercharged Storytime weekly visits
11/8: Literacy Night Virtual Read-AlongHow Do Dinosaurs Learn to Read, 6:30-8 pm
11/17: Reading and Recipes w/ SNAP4CT: Session 1 Topic — My Plate, 6:30-8 pm

Click here for the complete November calendar of events.

Literacy Night Virtual Read-Along

Parents will learn about the Connecticut Early Learning Development and Standards (CTELDS). We will discuss The Five Practices, how to maximize teachable moments and explore developmentally appripriate techniques. Participants will learn life hacks that make implementing these practices easy and how to create a print-rich environment. Sparkler CT will discuss how their mobile app can help caregivers promote children's healthy development. Attendees receive a copy of our featured story, the CTELDS Action Guide and developmental milestone resources.

Literacy & Nutition Series

Leap Into Learning is excited to present Reading & Recipies. The six-session series will combine early literacy education with nutition and include hands-on DIY instruction by our SNAP4CT Nutritionist. LiL providers receive an additional three hours of nutition training on food safety and other topics relevant to providing healthy meals in their daycares. All participants will receive ingredients, recipe cards, a book and a literacy activity kit. Sessions will be available in English and Spanish.

Teachable Moments Life Hack: Talk/Hablar

Try these fun prompts as conversation starters:

  1. Cook together. Use reading and math to have fun and prepare a simple meal.
  2. Read a book. Ask questions during and after the story: What do you think will happen, what would you do and how did the story make you feel?
  3. Recall. Let your little one recap the events of the story. Ask them what happened first, next and last.
  4. Dance together. Listen to their favorite song, a classical selection or an instrumental. Ask why the song is their favorite, how the song makes them feel, describe how they move their bodies and ask them to teach you their dance moves.
  5. Play "Would you rather? Offer silly choices, after they pick one ask why. Plus, if they don't tell you why they didn't pick the other be sure to ask. 

Leap Into Learning Literacy Program For Home Daycare Providers

Are you a Hartford home daycare provider looking for new and exciting ways to engage the children and families you serve in literacy? Look no further! The Hartford Public Library is pleased to offer the Leap Into Learning literacy program.

This service is for children ages birth through five, along with their parents and caregivers, to ensure all children in Hartford are well prepared and enter kindergarten ready to learn.

This interactive, immersive literacy program will offer support to home daycare providers in the form of:

  • Early literacy resources and training
  • Books, activities and materials
  • Story time home visits
  • HPL teacher cards
  • Library cards for children and families

Interested? Complete this online form or send an email to Leap Into Learning Program Coordinator Nichole Hawkins at

Patricipating providers who care for children ages birth to five will receive access to good quality early literacy resources and enjoy special literacy events, plus beneficial training for providers and parents. Providers can also apply for an HPL teacher card which allows providers to:

  • Borrow books and materials for up to 4 weeks with two-week renewals and no fines
  • Request book selections from branch librarians
  • Help children and families obtain a library card of their own

Providers and parents are encouraged to join us at Hartford Public Library's Summer Learning kickoff event on Saturday, June 18th at the Downtown Library (500 Main St.) to learn more.

Leap Into Learning is sponsored by the Gawlicki Family Foundation.

Meet Program Coordinator Nichole Hawkins

Nichole is a Hartford resident with decades of experience in early childhood education. She ran a home daycare for 10 years, worked for ECHN as a family support provider and during the pandemic launched Legacy Lineage, a virtual preschool classroom to support families in homeschooling. She is excited to share the Supercharged Storytime framework and the beneficial strategies she's mastered to empower the participants of the Leap Into Learning program on all levels.