Programs for Kids

Ready Set Learn Program

Boosting children’s literacy skills, confidence, and learning attitudes since 2001

Summer 2019 Report

This program offers:

  • free one-to-one tutoring for children in grades K-6 across PEI year round
  • tutoring in English, Francophone, French Immersion and English as an Additional Language
  • fun and safe learning environment in a public library
  • customized lessons for each child
  • child-led learning activities

Note: We only accept students referred by a resource teacher


  • 898 children were tutored this summer (2019)
  • 365 children will be tutored this school year (2019/2020)
  • more than 14,000 children in need received support through this program since (2001)
  • more than 480 post-secondary students working toward a teaching career, have received a meaningful work experience through this program (since 2001)



    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 distribute free children’s books to families living in poverty through:

    • Book Bank at the Upper Room Food Bank
    • Christmas Hampers at the Book Bank
    • Cool Books for Kids fridge in the Sherwood Business Centre
    • International Book Giving Day in February
    • Family Literacy Day event in January (hosted by the PEI Public Library Service)

    We accept gently used or new children’s books. Please deliver books to our office in the Sherwood Business Centre (161 St. Peter’s Road). Please no adult books.

    “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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