Newport News Public Schools TV and the Telecommunications Center

Launching Young Readers is a public television series designed for teachers, parents, caregivers, and anyone else interested in helping children learn to read.

Based on the latest research findings, the series consists of 30-minute programs that explore the stages of reading that every child goes through. The programs feature the country’s top reading experts, look at different reading strategies, provide practical advice for parents, and interweave the personal stories of children, families, and teachers.

Approx. 30 minutes each

Show desriptions:

Roots of Reading

"Roots of Reading" examines how parents, childcare providers, and kindergarten teachers can get children started on the road to literacy.

Writing and Spelling

Hosted by Vivica A. Fox, this episode examines the connection between reading and writing and between spelling and composition. The program features successful methods for encouraging children to write and build their vocabularies.

Reading for Meaning

"Reading for Meaning" highlights effective strategies to help kids understand and care about what they read, the ultimate goal of learning how to read.

Reading Rocks!

Set to a hip-hop soundtrack, Reading Rocks! uses wacky humor and stories of hope to encourage struggling readers to keep trying. Television and film stars Nick Spano and Vivica A. Fox add sparkle to this empowering, upbeat, and totally hip show.

Empowering Parents

Empowering Parents helps families identify the early signs of reading problems and provides advice for navigating the system in order to get kids help.

Reading and the Brain

Hosted by Henry Winkler (the voice of Norbert from Clifford's Puppy Days'), who's had his own struggles with reading, this program takes a look at the science behind the reading process focusing on why some children struggle to read.