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A girl shows a book to Prime Time Family literacy program participants.

Prime Time Family and Prime Time Preschool will return this semester to four Lincoln locations.

Each session is a free six-week program that begins with a light meal and continues with storytelling and discussion based on award-winning children’s books.

Prime Time Family is for families with children ages 6-10 who struggle with reading and includes special activities for siblings ages 3-5. Prime Time Preschool is for families who want their children ages 3-5 to develop reading readiness skills.

Prime Time Family is a Humanities Nebraska family literacy program that helps strengthen participants’ interest and skills in reading and talking about books. A 10-year analysis published by the creators of Prime Time Family Reading Time found that children who attend Prime Time show a 95-100 percent improvement on achievement tests in elementary school and 81 percent improvement on high school exit exams.

The first two sessions scheduled include:

• Arnold Elementary School, Tuesdays at 6 p.m., Jan. 22-March 5; and

• Belmont Elementary School, Mondays at 5:30 p.m., April 1-May 6.

Dates and times for a Prime Time Family session at Calvert Community Learning Center and a Prime Time Preschool session at Bennett Martin Library will be announced soon.

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Prime Time is offered without cost to families thanks to generous statewide sponsors including the State of Nebraska, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Carol Gendler and an anonymous foundation. In Lincoln, Prime Time is also supported through funds raised on Give to Lincoln Day. The Arnold Elementary session received additional funding from Duncan Aviation.

Humanities Nebraska has offered Prime Time since 2002, reaching more than 15,000 Nebraskans in one or more of the 275 Prime Time series that have been held throughout the state. Seventeen public libraries, 18 elementary schools, one Head Start program and six community centers have hosted Prime Time in communities where student reading scores do not meet Nebraska state standards.

Teachers who are interested in recommending families for Prime Time should contact one of the sites listed above and ask to speak with the Prime Time coordinator.

For more information about Prime Time in Nebraska, visit HumanitiesNebraska.org and select “Prime Time” from the programs list.

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