Programs

LEAP Empowers
Beginning with Babble is LEAP’s mobile app for parents and caregivers with children from zero to four years old. The app reminds caregivers to interact with their children through a variety of developmentally appropriate stimuli and ideas. With written tips, audio prompts, and demonstrative videos, Beginning with Babble coaches caregivers to facilitate language-rich, back-and- forth interactions with their children.
Pre-Reading, Reading, Pre-Writing
PreK (Age 0-3), PreK (Age 3-5), Adult
Central, Far North Side, Far Southeast Side, Far Southwest Side, North Side, Northwest Side, South Side, Southwest Side, West Side
Yes
Best Beware My Sting
The Viola Project
Kate is fiery and independent; Petruchio is betting he can tame her into a sweet and obedient wife. What follows is one of the most compelling and most problematic plays in Shakespeare’s canon. And that’s why The Viola Project wants to tackle it head on; with wit, with cunning and with an all girl team of players. We’re also teaming up with Oak Park Festival Theatre to give you an inside perspective into the production of a play and the work that goes into crafting a performance of Shakespeare’s famous shrew. This camp culminates with a special performance on the set of Oak Park Festival Theatre’s stage by both our City Lit and our Oak Park camps.
Reading, Creative Writing, Dramatic Play
Grades K-8, Grades 9-12
Far North Side, Suburbs
No
Big Shoulders Fund
Big Shoulders Fund
Big Shoulders Fund is an independent non-profit that supports Chicago Catholic schools which serve low-income student populations. The Big Shoulders Fund Academic Programs team aims to provide the network of 82 schools with access to high-quality curricular materials and resources, provide comprehensive professional development to all key educators, and work with schools to establish structures that will sustain improvements long-term. Currently, Big Shoulders works with Concordia University to implement a program focused on improving literacy and language development instruction from PK-8th grade in 6 schools.
Reading, Pre-Writing, Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Book Access & Distribution, ELL/ESL, Workforce Development, Teacher Training, Curriculum Development
PreK (Age 3-5), Grades K-8, Grades 9-12, Adult
Central, Far North Side, Far Southeast Side, Far Southwest Side, North Side, Northwest Side, South Side, Southwest Side, West Side, No Physical Location
Yes
Blueprint PreK Curriculum Framework
Children’s Literacy Initiative
http://www.cli.org
Blueprint is a PreK literacy curriculum based on National Reading Panel and Early Reading First recommendations that is designed to meet state and national standards for reading, writing and language development in 10 monthly theme guides.
Pre-Reading, Pre-Writing, Teacher Training
PreK (Age 3-5)
National
No
Book Worm Angels
Book Worm Angels
Open Books
http://www.open-books.org
The Book Worm Angels program at Open Books provides more than 100,000 free, engaging, high-quality, age-appropriate, excellent-condition books to schools and nonprofit partners across Chicago each year for students to enjoy and share with their families.
Book Access & Distribution
PreK (Age 0-3), PreK (Age 3-5), Grades K-8, Grades 9-12
Central, Far North Side, Far Southeast Side, Far Southwest Side, North Side, Northwest Side, South Side, Southwest Side, West Side, Suburbs
No