Creating Next Gen Educators

Right now, YOU can make an impact.

Right now, there is a literacy crisis in Houston as thousands of children are reading below grade level.

41% of young children in Houston are not ready for kindergarten
73% of third graders in Houston do not read at grade level
Low-income children will hear 30 million fewer words over the first four years of their life compared to their more affluent peers
85% of children who interface with the juvenile justice system are functionally illiterate

Right now, we can make a difference

Since 2006, Literacy Now has impacted the lives of more than 22,000 children and parents by providing critical reading readiness and reading intervention programs to at-risk children. While we have made great strides, the demand for our services is bast and we are driven by our passion for children and a strong moral obligation to meet the needs of our community.

Right now, You can make a difference

Are you passionate about children's education with a heart to serve? Would you like a rewarding part-time job where you can make a difference?

If so, The Literacy Lab, a new initiative of Literacy Now, might just be for you.

  • The Literacy Lab is designed for people who have a heart for children (K - 2nd grade) and a passion for education but may have not had formal teaching training or degree in early childhood education or related fields.
  • Participants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university.
  • Participants will be trained on small group instruction, how to work with struggling readers, engage parents, work in a school environment, and much more.
  • The program runs from 1/30/2023 through 4/27/2023, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
  • Option to work during summer school programming through 7/12/2023.
  • Upon successful completion of this program, participants will be offered a part-time position with Literacy Now as a Reading Interventionist.

Hear what our current staff say about Literacy Now:

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Literacy Now provides reading readiness intervention programs, parent engagement opportunities, and trained volunteer mentors for our Lunch Bunch program - elements contributing to children's long-term success. Our overarching goal is to empower students to read on grade level by the end of third grade, thereby increasing the likelihood that children will graduate from high school and be ready to pursue postsecondary goals.