Programs for Kids

Ready-Set-Learn Program

Goal: to make learning fun and cultivate a love of reading, writing and math.

This program supports elementary-aged children who struggle with literacy.

This program provides:

• free tutoring to over 700 children in grades K-6 in public libraries across PEI during the summer months

• free Literacy Camps on school Professional Development Days

• meaningful employment to 20 to 25 post-secondary students each summer, and 8 to 10 tutors during the school year

Note: Students must be referred by a resource teacher. We work with resource teachers to identify children who would benefit most from the program. We do not accept referrals from parents.

Facts about Ready Set Learn

  • Began in 1998
  • More than 11,000 children have been helped since 2001
  • More than 400 post-secondary students have been employed since 2001
  • 96% of children maintained or improved their skills last summer
  • 70 elementary students attended literacy camps during the 2017/2018 school PD days (professional development days)
  • This program is offered in public libraries across PEI for students in English, French Immersion, English as an Additional Language, and Francophone programs.
  • There is a need to grow this program to serve more children. Last summer 200 students remained on the waitlist. We received 1100 student referrals.
  • 1100 elementary-aged children are referred to us each summer because they struggle with reading, writing or math. This number would likely be higher if we didn’t restrict the number that schools can refer.
  • Each year we are able to tutor approximately 800 children. Unfortunately, each year we have children who remain on the waitlist.


said they enjoyed the program


improved their attitude towards learning

“I learned that reading can be fun!”

Mathias, grade 3 student

“I learned that math can be fun sometimes and that if I do my best I do a really good job!”

Lily, grade 4 student


of parents agreed the program helped their child’s attitude toward learning

“My son has been in this program for 2 years, and he has fun reading now! Thank you!”

Andrea, Parent of elementary-aged child


of summer tutors agreed their experience added value to their future plans

“It’s my third year tutoring with this [Ready Set Learn] program and I consider myself very fortunate to work with these students and enhance their learning over the summer months in a fun and positive environment.”

Ellie, summer tutor 

What the Research Says

Whether rich or poor, highly literate or not, parents who have books in the home increase the level of education their children will attain, according to a 20-year study by the University of Nevada involving 27 countries. The study is one of the largest and most comprehensive studies ever conducted on what influences the level of education a child will attain.

A bookless home versus a home with a 500-book library has as great an effect on the level of education a child will attain as having barely literate parents versus highly literate parents. Both factors, having a 500-book library or having university-educated parents, propel a child 3.2 years further in education, on average.

Children of lesser-educated parents benefit the most from having books in the home. Getting some books into their homes is an inexpensive way that we can help these children succeed. Even a little bit goes a long way – having as few as 20 books in the home still has a significant impact on propelling a child to a higher level of education, and the more books you add, the greater the benefit. You get a lot of ‘bang for your book.’

Free Books for Kids Program

All you need is 20 books in the home to start making a positive impact on literacy and learning. The more books you add the greater the impact.

We give out free children’s books through our follow projects:

  • Book Bank at the Upper Room Food Bank
  • Christmas Hampers at the Book Bank
  • Cool Books for Kids fridge in the Sherwood Business Centre
  • Books for Treats at Halloween
  • International Book Giving Day in February
  • Family Literacy Day event in January
  • PEI 2014 Project – BORN!

If you would like to donate gently used or new children’s books for ages 0 to 12, you can drop them off outside of our office in the Sherwood Business Centre (161 St. Peter’s Road). Please no adult books or books with tears or writing in them. We would also prefer books that were published no earlier than 2000. Thank you.

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

Stephen King

Sherwood Business Centre
(Old Ellis Brothers Building)
161 St. Peters Road, Charlottetown

Telephone: (902) 368-3620
Toll-Free: 1-866-827-3620


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