38,725 hours of literacy mentorship each year
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EARLY CHILDHOOD SUMMER PROGRAM

Coming Soon: July 13th - August 14th

While CPS focuses on summer programming for middle grades, WITS is committed to serving Pre-K and Kindergarten students while they are at home. The WITS Early Childhood Summer Program (ECSP) is a literacy program that supports early learners as they enter elementary school. Since 2012, ECSP has prepared over 560 Chicago students for school using an innovative, fun curriculum. Now, we are adapting our classroom program to an accessible virtual learning space that meets the needs of children and families while they are at home. In collaboration with WITS partner school educators, the new program will be hosted on the WITS website. This free resource requires no app, no download and is available for all. Starting July 13th, this five-week program features new content delivered twice a week. 

OUR VISION







Literacy matters

WITS creates opportunities for every student in Chicago to be literate.


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WHO WE ARE

WITS is a movement of educators, volunteers and investors coming together to support a better public education for every student.


WHAT WE DO

WITS programs help students develop a love of reading that guides them through the critical transition of learning-to-read to reading-to-learn.

WHy WE DO IT

Reading is one of the most commonly and intensively used skills among all types of jobs across the entire U.S. economy.

Third graders who are proficient in reading are four times more likely to graduate than those without proficient reading skills.


HOW WE DO IT

WITS is 100% privately funded, and program delivery is not reliant on school or city budgets.

WITS communities of teachers and volunteers model for students the life-enhancing benefits of literacy and a passion for learning.

OUR MISSION






Reading matters

WITS sets students on a trajectory for success by building critical literacy skills and developing positive self-identity through teacher led professional development and volunteer powered mentorship programs.


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