Read by 4th

Read by 4th

READ! By 4th

Resources for helping children learn to read so they can read to learn.


Pre-K/K Printable Resources


Kindergarten Here I Come

Activities for parents to do with their preschoolers. Supported by PA Office of Child Development and Learning. Features a calendar of activities from September 2014 thru August 2015 and lists 4 weeks of activities for each month.

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Parent activity guide and checklist. Developed by DVAEYC aligned to the Pennsylvania Kindergarten Entry Inventory (KEI).

Recipes for Readiness

Preparing children at home for Kindergarten. Includes learning activities that are based on: creativity, being social, independence, thinking, listening, and expressing). Developed by the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning.


Pre-K/K Online Resources


Early Childhood

Pre-K website for learning, and fun at-home activities. Provided by The School District of Philadelphia. Offers links to help learn the alphabet, additional learning activities, and story/picture books.

Early Literacy:

Explains what early literacy is and breaks it down in sections: babies, toddlers, preschool, and kindergarten. Provided by The Free Library of Philadelphia. By reading, talking, singing, and playing with your child - you give them the foundation for literacy and success! 

Reading Rockets:  

Reading adventure packs for families and hands-on learning.  This website helps with teaching reading for parents, helping struggling readers at-home, and provides children's book suggestions


The Literacy Enrichment After-School Program. Provides homework assistance, computer literacy, and library skills for students in grades K-12, and daily literacy enrichment activities for elementary school students. Provided by The Free Library of Philadelphia. LEAP also introduces students to the many Library resources and materials that are available, free of charge, to help them with school assignments 

!Colorín Colorado!:

A bilingual site for families and educators of English Language Learners. The site is in both English and Spanish. The focus on at-home exercises and building parent-teacher bonds.


Mobile App


Start School Smart App:

App will allow families to easily access information about school readiness resources in Philadelphia. The aim of this project is to serve as an interactive hub for content supporting school readiness in the region. Provided by The Please Touch Museum, the app includes weekly activities by month. This provides a reliable source for community resources and educational ideas for parents, with content tailored to their child's age.

The Office of Early Learning has created home literacy resources for K-8 families that can be printed and distributed to parents/guardians during report card conferences. The resources are titled Helping Your Child Learn How to Read and Write.  The components are:
  • Understanding Your Child's Reading Levels, K-3 
  • Sight Words for Your Child, K-3
  • Ways to Support Your Child's Reading and Writing Skills At Home K-8  
You can locate these resources at the below link.

Translated documents are available on the Translation and Interpretation webpage at the below link: