It’s National Summer Learning Week!

It’s National Summer Learning Week!

Thank you to United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, the Coalition for New Britain’s Youth, and everyone at the Hartford Campaign for Grade Level Reading for an amazing newsletter which we are re-publishing here.  It is full of great information about Summer Reading, Summer Learning, and resources to make your summer the best ever; getting you ready for the first day of school:  Tuesday, August 27, 2019!

Early Literacy Matters! Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Monthly Newsletter | July 2019

The goal of the monthly newsletter is to provide information and resources that will help children in our region meet the critical benchmark of reading at grade level by the start of fourth grade. Please spread the word and share with anyone you know that is invested in helping children learn while developing a joy of reading. In this issue, you will learn about Summer Learning Opportunities that are available in Hartford and New Britain.


School is out. Summer learning is in.

When school’s out, some children may go without breakfast and lunch. Others may slip academically, starting the school year behind classmates.

United Way’s Summer Smarts community partners, like public libraries, help ensure that children have nutritious meals and stay on track. School may be out, but learning keeps on!

Listen to “Community Connections” on WTIC 1080 AM as Bridget Quinn-Carey, Chief Executive Officer, Hartford Public Library; and, Paula S. Gilberto, President and CEO, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, discuss how they’re working to ensure children have healthy minds and bodies this summer.




Mark your calendars for National Summer Learning Week!



The Hartford Public Library provides summer learning resources to child care providers, including licensed, unlicensed, relatives or neighborhood caregivers who are caring for children in our community through these hot summer days. Child care providers can receive summer early literacy training and earn books for their child care libraries.

CLICK HERE to sign up and/or log your books


United Way Day of Action

Seventy-five volunteers joined us in celebrating United Way Day of Action on June 21st by spreading the word about free summer programming and meals for local children and families. The day culminated with a block party at Sarah J. Rawson Elementary School, Hartford. United Way Day of Action is a global event with tens of thousands of people coming together to be part of solutions that make a real difference in people’s lives.

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Back to School Celebrations! Save the Dates

Hartford: Monday, August 19 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Hartford Yard Goats Dunkin’ Donuts Park

New Britain: Friday, August 23 5:00 p.m. at New Britain Bees Stadium


You still have time!

It’s not too late to register for summer camp. Summer is a wonderful time for students to participate in a program that gives them new experiences, develops new friendships and reinforces skills learned during the school year to support year-round learning.

Explore summer learning opportunities:

Discover free literacy opportunities:


Additional Volunteer Opportunities



With support from individuals, workplaces and grants, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut has provided resources – including financial contributions and volunteers – to local community-based organizations since 1924. We mobilize the people and the resources needed to support programs and initiatives that create lasting solutions for the complex issues facing children and families in the region; such as the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR).
The Coalition for New Britain’s Youth is a citywide collaborative committed to improving the lives of New Britain’s youth, birth through age 24, and working to ensure they have what they need to be successful in school, career, and life. 
Nationally the CGLR is a partnership between schools, municipalities, businesses and community organizations to rally behind a coordinated effort to ensure all youth are reading on grade level by the end of third grade, a critical milestone and predictor of on-time high school graduation.


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To learn more or share ideas for future newsletters, contact Latonia Tabb, Senior Manager, Education Initiatives, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut at 860-493-1128 or