Preschool – 3rd Grade

Where to get help

Preschool to 3rd Grade Literacy Providers

Arcadia Local School  19033 S.R. 12 Arcadia OH 45804 419-894-6431
Arlington Local School 336 S. Main St.
P.O. Box 260
Arlington OH 45814 419-365-5121
Blanchard Valley Center 1700 East Sandusky Findlay OH 45840 419-422-6387
Cory-Rawson Local Schools 3930 C.R. 26 Rawson OH 45881 419-963-3415
Family Resource Center 1941 Carlin Street Findlay, OH 45840 419-422-8616
Findlay City Schools 1219 W. Main Cross
Suite 101
Findlay OH 45840 419-425-8212
Findlay-Hancock County Public Library 206 Broadway St Findlay OH 45840 419-424-7051 x 260
Hancock County Educational Service Center 7746 CR 140 Findlay Ohio 419-306-2935
Help Me Grow 604 Lima Avenue, Annex Findlay OH 45840 423-8687
Hancock County Family First 1700 East Sandusky Findlay, OH 45840 419-423-8687
Head Start Preschool 545 Winfield Ave Findlay OH 45840 419-423-3147×306
Liberty-Benton Local Schools 9190 C.R. 9 Findlay OH 45840 419-422-8526
Mazza Museum  1000 N. Main St. Findlay OH 45840
McComb Public Library  328 S. Todd St. McComb OH 45858 419-293-2425
McComb Local Schools 113 S Todd St McComb OH 45858 419-293-3979
Hancock County Educational Service Center 7746 CR 140 Findlay Ohio 419-306-2935
Riverdale Local Schools 20613 SR 37 Mt Blanchard OH 45867 419-694-4994
TLC Preschool &
Childcare  935 W. Bigelow Ave. Findlay OH 45840 419-420-9894
Van Buren Local Schools 217 S. Main Van Buren OH 45889 419-299-3578
Vanlue Local Schools 301 S. East St. Vanlue OH 45890 419-387-7724
YMCA Child Care Development Center  300 E Lincoln St Findlay OH 45840 419-422-4424

Basic Skills and Poverty

Video about the effect of poverty on the level of basic skills:

Statistics adapted from the above video from  the Center for Community Solutions by Emily Campbell:

  • A growing body of research shows that  parents pass on their advantages and disadvantages to their children.
  • Root causes of poverty are: low skills, economic mobility, poor health, money challenges, vulnerable children, hunger, education challenges, and lack of monetary savings.
  • Dayton, Cleveland, and Cincinnati are at bottom 10 for economic mobility of 50 major metropolitan areas in the U.S.
  • A recent study shows that a person born in the bottom 37% of earners in Dayton, Cleveland or Cincinnati stands only a 5% chance of moving to the top fifth of earners.

o   This is due to low skills including problems with literacy, numeracy, and computer skills.

  • An Ohio study in 2003 on Literacy and Numeracy shows that:

o   9% of Ohioans lacked basic prose literacy skills or 1 in 11 lacked basic literacy skills

  • Almost all of these adults can read a little but they lack the ability to read a food label or prescription label, cannot complete a job application or medical history, or read a simple book to their children.
  • 870,000 adults over age 25 lack a high school credential or 1 out every 9 adults do not have a high school diploma.

o    This is enough people to fill the OSU Horseshoe, Paul Brown Stadium, Nationwide Arena, First Energy Field, Progressive Field, the Great American Ballpark and The Cue at the SAME TIME—- TWICE!

o   That means that 87% of the job opening posted on the   website would be closed to people without high school credentials.

  • Research shows that people with better literacy, numeracy and computer skills are economically active, employed and earn higher wages.
  • As education decreases, poverty increases.
  • Parents who struggle to read are not likely to read to their children or teach them about numbers.
  • The children from wealthier families know 4 times more words than children from poor families.
  • Since third grade proficiency in reading is an indicator for high school graduation, and a high school degree is important for economic self-sufficiency, poor basic skills can cause poverty to pass from generation to generation.
  • Children do not spend the bulk of their time in the classroom.  Rather only 14% of their time is  in the classroom while 53% of their time is spent in the home and community and the remaining time, 33%, is spent sleeping.

o   Solutions must start at home.

  • Investments in raising the literacy, numeracy, and computer proficiency of adults can pay dividends not only for that person but also for the next generation.


Additional Websites and Resources


We Give Books, a free website, is a new digital initiative that enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don’t have them, simply by reading online.  We Give Books combines the joy of reading with the power of helping others, providing a platform for caregivers and educators to inspire children to become lifelong readers and lifelong givers.
All of the books available for online reading are children’s picture books appropriate for children through age ten. There is a mix of fiction and nonfiction, a range of authors, and an equal balance between read-alouds and books for independent readers. We’ll be adding news books every month, together with special seasonal offerings.

Who Is Behind It?
We Give Books was created by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation. Pearson Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Pearson plc. A 501(c) (3) nonprofit operating foundation, the Pearson Foundation extends Pearson’s commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe.
The We Give Books team works upfront with each non-profit literacy partner to identify the kinds of children’s books that best fit their program needs. Some of the same great books you can read online will be donated to our charity partners through your reading efforts. We also donate others they request specifically for the young people they serve.
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PBS Ready to Learn Project (ages 2-4)
Purpose is to:

The math- and literacy-based educational programming created by Ready To Learn provides families with effective, non-commercial content that helps prepare kids for success in school. It provides resources that support community efforts to ensure that students entering school have basic skills that will enable them to be ready to learn.

  1. The program is an innovative partnership between Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS, and our local public stations and their many community-based partners.
  2. WGTE provides programming that sparks interest followed by hands on learning activities.
  3. All RTL content is guided by a math skill framework and a literacy skill framework based on the state’s Common Core standards and developed and created by the nation’s most trusted educational advisors create new children’s mathematics properties and enhance existing literacy content
  4. Pam Johnson, Executive Director of Ready to Learn-PBS, stated PBS has followed the National Reading Panel recommendation to develop a “360 Literacy Framework” by intentionally designing educational resources that surround children with high quality programming.
    1. SuperWhy – program for 3-6 year olds targeting basic reading readiness skills
    2. Martha Speaks – develops oral vocabulary (20 words per show)  and comprehension
      1. Tier 1 – common words    Tier  2 – more sophisticated words
    3. Word World – for 3-5 year olds, print awareness, phonological sensitivity, letter knowledge, vocabulary and comprehension
    4. Biz Kids – for children interested in business

Reach Out and Read ( ) partners with pediatricians to promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. The program has reached nearly four million families so far, and evaluations show participating
children enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed, with larger vocabularies,stronger language skills and a six month developmental edge over their peers.

Reading Is Fundamental ( ), the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the U.S., delivers free books and literacy resources to children and families who need them most. A network of 400,000 volunteers work in schools, homeless shelters, churches, migrant centers, health clinics and community centers to distribute 15 million books, stage reading motivation activities and promote the importance of
literacy in their communities
Raising a Reader ( works with at-risk families to encourage reading with young children every day. RAR provides high quality, multicultural-focused books on a weekly basis to families with children who often have limited exposure to books. It encourages parents to engage in a daily routine of “book cuddling” with their children from birth to age five to foster healthy brain development, parent-child bonding and early literacy skills. In 10 years, it has reached more than 800,000 children at 2,500 sites in 30 states

First Book ( ) connects book publishers and community organizations to provide access to new books for children in need. So far, 80 million books have been donated to more than 25,000 programs or groups. First Book distributes books in three ways:
❏ The First Book National Book Bank distributes free books to programs that serve at least 80% children from low income families.

❏ The First Book Marketplace is an online store selling discounted books and educational
materials 50 – 90% off retail prices to programs that serve at least 50% children from low-income families.

❏ First Book Advisory Boards make community level grants enabling programs that serve at least 80% children from low income families to receive free books.

In2Books ( ), An innovative reading-tutoring program a literacy curriculum-based eMentoring program that connects caring adult volunteers with third-fifth grade students from under-resourced communities. From September to June, students and their adult pen pals read up to five books selected by the students and exchange ideas about the books via online letters. The program is
supervised by classroom teachers, who access online professional development and practical teacher-tested learning activities, provide genre instruction and teach reading, writing and thinking skills appropriate to the genre.

Read and Rise –
Read and Rise is a sustainable and systematic literacy engagement program designed to bring families, schools, and communities together to support children’s literacy development, while celebrating the positive impact of family culture and tradition. This unique, multi-dimensional program includes:

  1. Research-based curricula built on best educational practices
  2. Family workshops to engage families in how best to support literacy development at home
  3. Take-home libraries for every student
  4. Partnerships and resources to help build a text-rich home environment
  5. English and Spanish editions

Read and Rise offers a flexible, multi-tiered approach to family and community engagement that is anchored in building text-rich environments at home for all children.

  1. Read and Rise Take-Home Resources: Designed to engage individual families in their homes, the Read and Rise program offers a proactive strategy to reach families directly. Individual take-home books and supportive resources help parents break through any language and literacy barriers in their efforts to support their children’s literacy development.
  2. Read and Rise Professional Development: An inspiring series of in-depth and engaging training sessions for facilitators conducted by Family Literacy Specialists from Scholastic. Participants are introduced to the Read and Rise program and trained on how to best use its simple and effective curriculum and take-home resources.
  3. Read and Rise Comprehensive Family & Community Engagement Solution: The comprehensive program provides take-home resources for all families, professional development training led by a Scholastic Literacy Specialist and all the resources and tools necessary to effectively implement the complete Read and Rise program. Customizable to meet your needs and the number of families being served, this sustainable program helps expand and strengthen a school district’s capacity to reach more families within their school and in the community.
  4. Facilitator Training = $4,500
  5. Facilitator Kits = $150
  6. Workshop Kits – $85 per age group
  7. Read and Rise book and fun card set of 20 = $130

Organized lessons – An entire school year of online lessons, organized and ready to go. Lesson plans, crafts, worksheets and even music downloads. Learn More
Save time & money – A comprehensive online curriculum for less than $12.00 per month! Why is the price so low? It’s not because we’re cutting corners. Learn More
Strengthen bonds – Your little ones will be all grown before you know it. Cherish this time you have together before they leave for school. Learn More.


Information for parents
■ The National Institute for Literacy publication, A Child Becomes a Reader: Proven Ideas from
Research for Parents, Kindergarten through Grade 3. ( )

  1. Reading Rockets offers information and resources on how young children learn to read and what adults can do to help. It is produced by WETA and funded by a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
  2. LD Online LD   OnLine is the leading website on learning disabilities, learning disorders and differences. Parents and teachers of learning disabled children will find authoritative guidance on attention deficit disorder, ADD / ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dysnomia, reading difficulties, speech and related disorders.
  3.   100 Home-School Activities Literacy for Kindergarten. Find information about reading and literacy skills activities parents can use to support their kindergarten student.
  4. 100 Home-School Activities Literacy for First Grade. This site provides reading and literacy skills activities parents can use to support their first grade student.
  5. 100 Home-School Activities Literacy for Second Grade. This site provides reading and literacy skills activities parents can use to support their second grade student.
  6. 100 Home-School Activities Literacy for Third Grade. This site provides reading and literacy activities parents can use to support their third grade student.
  7. Five ways to raise a reader.
  8. The Child Development Institute provides information for parents on child development from infants to teenagers.
  9. ¡Colorín Colorado! This bilingual English-Spanish site provides valuable information, activities, and advice for Spanish-speaking parents and educators of English language learners. It is the companion site to Reading Rockets, and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
  10. Get Ready to Read: – Get Ready to Read! is designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten. Intended for use with all children, the resources and information provided on this site promote skill-building, communication between adults, and ways to address concerns.  Thirty-six Skill Building Cards can be downloaded at the following link:
  11. Zero to Three: – this website helps parents learn more about how to use books to encourage your baby’s early literacy.  The site includes parent and child activities, includes lists of resources, and information on developing thinking skills, self-control, and self-confidence.
  12. What Should I Read Aloud? A Guide to 200 Best-Selling Picture Books by Nancy A. Anderson (International Reading Association, 2007). This is a helpful resource for parents or teachers who are looking for guidance in selecting picture books for children. Using research conducted by Publishers Weekly, author Nancy A. Anderson compiled a list of children’s picture books that have made the all-time best-selling list.
  13. Parent and Afterschool Resources (Grades K-12). Find information on engaging ways to introduce children to reading or encouraging teens to write. See age-appropriate book suggestions that are fun, educational, and easy to use outside of school.
  14. Thinkfinity Offers a Summer Learning Feature to help parents encourage their children’s learning throughout the summer months.  Verizon Thinkfinity ( has added a new Summer Learning feature offering everything from simple poems and songs to science experiments. Thinkfinity also offers free webinars both for educators and for general audiences in its Professional Development ( section, as well as a Thinkfinity Community ( where educators can share ideas and connect with others.

Research on programs that work to improve early grade reading
■ What Works Clearinghouse ( )
■ Best Evidence in Education (Grades K-1, Grades 2-5) ( )
■ National Center for Family Literacy
■ National Reading Panel Summary Report and Full Report ( )
■ Reading Research in Action ( )
■ The National Education Association’s Read Across America (

Student Performance Data
■ For more information on what U.S. students know and can do in reading, visit National Assessment
of Educational Progress ( )


Information on Community-Based Literacy Programs

■ Guide to Performance Management for Community Literacy Coalitions (  )

Information on School Attendance
■ Attendance Counts ( )

Resources for Engaging Parents
■ America’s Promise Parent Engagement Toolkit ( )

Born Learning,
United Way’s national engagement campaign, helps parents, caregivers and communities support early childhood education.  Public service advertising, a resource-rich web site and educational material (all in English and Spanish) offer fun, concrete ideas to help young children learn. Provides age level developmental lists.

Schools of Hope (video) –

Kids who don’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma*. United Way’s Schools of Hope mission is to raise literacy skills in children, youth and families with in school tutoring, after school literacy programs and family literacy classes. This award-winning program currently partners with three school districts – Grand Rapids, Godfrey-Lee and Godwin Heights – and works to equip students with the resources they need to achieve academic success.