Early Childhood Summer Program

The WITS Early Childhood Summer Program (ECSP) is an online literacy program that supports young learners as they enter elementary school. To keep children engaged, the program includes singalongs, dancing, puppets, real-life animal visitors, animation, and interactive call-response dialogue that invites young viewers to participate.

Students practice emergent literacy skills such as letter name and sound recognition, book and print awareness, and early writing skills.

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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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OUR VISION







Literacy matters

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


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READ WITH US

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WITS Study Hall is a collaborative learning space for adult learners to actively participate in antiracist conversation and enjoy the works of writers of color. We will focus not just on antiracist discourse, but celebrate the range of genres and stories by BIPOC authors.

WITS Study Hall will explore one book every two months and is open to all readers. You can sign up to join our virtual meetings, or use this framework to start your own book club. We’ll provide the book selection, discussion questions, and supplemental resources. Whatever your engagement, we hope you join us in this important reading.

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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.

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