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UNITED WAY SUNCOAST READING ROOMS

Children enjoying the United Way Reading Room.Program Overview

Our United Way Suncoast Reading Rooms are designed to bring educational resources and programs to community housing neighborhoods where our ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) families live. This “place-based” neighborhood initiative is designed to reduce barriers to quality education in early learning and youth success, while providing a platform for financial stability resources for families.

In collaboration with community leaders, United Way Suncoast renovated underutilized community rooms in apartment complexes strategically located in the attendance zones of two Big Plan schools. Program services for children and families are designed to support the efforts of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) Initiative

LOCATIONS:

La Mirada Garden Apartments Reading Room

In 2017, a community neighborhood housing partnership was established between United Way Suncoast and La Mirada Garden Apartments. Site renovation of the community room and neighborhood place-based site was established with funds provided by the Selby Foundation. Since its inception:

  • Free high-quality summer programming has been provided at the site to children ages 5-to-12-years-old.
  • Early Childhood Stimulation sessions three days a week, focus on families with children ages 0-to-5-years-old. Lessons provide opportunities to play, explore, and experiment using a variety of learning, sensory, and motor experiences in a language and literacy-rich environment to build early literacy skills.
  • Afterschool tutoring is provided to children ages 5-to-9-years-old three days a week.
  • Families are connected to 2-1-1, VITA, employment coaching, financial coaching and other community resources.

Address:
1636 55th Ave Cir E
Bradenton, FL 34203

Hours:
Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30am – 6:30pm
Appointment Only

Contact:
941-932-8256

Bradenton Village Reading Room

Bradenton Village Reading Room is a newly established site located in the downtown Bradenton area. Programming at this location began in July 2021, providing the following services:

  • Early Childhood Stimulation sessions two days a week, focused on families with children ages 0-to-5-years-old. Lessons provide opportunities to play, explore, and experiment using a variety of learning, sensory, and motor experiences in a language and literacy-rich environment to build early literacy skills.
  • Community partners organize afterschool tutoring, weekend STEM enrichment activities and youth success activities focused on building life skills, digital literacy and entrepreneurship.
  • Families are connected to 2-1-1, VITA, employment coaching, financial coaching and other community resources.

Address:
1302 3RD Street
W. Bradenton, FL 34205

Hours:
Tue, Thu: 3:00pm – 6:30pm
Appointment Only

Contact:
941-932-8256

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