Early Readers Club

Reading is fundamental to a child's success. Right now, only 45 percent of Central Indiana kids are being assessed as ready for kindergarten. It is up to caring adults to help them overcome this obstacle.

Early Readers Club can help

Since 2008, United Way of Central Indiana has provided approximately 1.1 million books to children in Central Indiana. Early Readers Club makes it easier for parents and caregivers to start their child off on the right track. Families in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan County can register to receive a free picture book every month September through May until their sixth birthday.

Recent changes to the program

In October 2013, United Way of Central Indiana began partnerships with public libraries to provide Early Readers Club books to families through library programs. By partnering with public libraries that already have programs for families and young children, ERC can achieve a broader reach and impact. Our goals will include providing books and literacy training to children in child care and in-home child care/pre-school programs that are, or are in the process of becoming a Paths to Quality program. We will also concentrate on providing books through library branches in designated underserved zip codes to heighten literacy to children in those areas.



Find Out More:

Download Application Form
Get Involved: How It Works
Designated Library Locations

Program Contact:

Melissa Jackson
Assistant, Early Childhood

Thanks To Our Sponsors:

OSP Group, Making Connections Indianapolis, Morgan County Pathway 2 Learn, Lilly, Hancock County Community Foundation, Hendricks County Community Foundation, Indiana Partnership Center, Colts, Old National Bank Foundation, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.