The County Executive, County Clerk and County Legislature have launched a partnership with local libraries and literacy advocates to promote reading by overcoming barriers to literacy. “Dutchess Reads” aims to bring literacy programs proven successful in various parts of the County to other, underserved communities and support programs offered countywide.
This initiative focuses on three main areas:
Let's get the word out about the importance of reading! Join us in promoting Dutchess Reads:
Through our Behavioral & Community Health Department, "Born to Read" will provide new mothers with bilingual board books to read with their newborns, encouraging early literacy.
In partnership with local libraries, we will establish book swaps on County buses, in the Department of Motor Vehicles and in other Dutchess County Government spaces.
Literacy Connections currently operates their Book Buddies program in 11 Dutchess County Schools, with 93% of students served showing increased confidence and reading fluency as reported by school teachers, standardized test and volunteers. Through the County’s Agency Partner Grant Program we are funding the expansion of the successful Book Buddies program to three eastern Dutchess school districts.
The Dutchess County SPCA invites children to read to animals in the shelter to socialize the pets while allowing children to build confidence and improve reading skills. Drop-ins are welcome every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3 to 5PM at 636 Violet Ave, Hyde Park.
Children should bring their own books and will read to cats that are contained in their condos. Parents or teachers with questions can contact Patrick DeLeon at 845-452-7722 ext. 417 or DCSPCA.org.
The Dutchess Reads workgroup is preparing a survey for local community provider to assess current programming related to literacy to build a centralized inventory and identify gaps in service.
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are available throughout the County, with options for every skill level:
Adult Learning classes, tutoring services, and High School Equivalency (HSE) courses are available throughout the County:
Get involved with your local library, become a member, check out online resources, and start reading!