At the Y, we believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Books open entire worlds to kids, and literacy forms the foundation upon which all other learning depends.

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YMCAs throughout the country have been incorporating for many years the AfterSchool KidzLit program.  The YMCA of Central Ohio first was introduced to KidzLit in early 2000 and we are re-launching it for the 2018-2019 school year.

What is KidzLit?

AfterSchool KidzLit is a reading enrichment program for grades K–8 that is designed for out-of-school settings. Children hear fiction and nonfiction books read aloud or read books independently and make connections between the stories and their own lives.

Working with partners or in groups, children have opportunities to express their feelings and explore big ideas through discussion, drama, art, movement, and writing. The program promotes literacy growth and thinking skills and supports social and emotional development.

In AfterSchool KidzLit, leaders use powerful literature and engaging activities to increase children’s enjoyment of reading, build their vocabularies, deepen their thinking, and foster their ability to work with others.