What Our Kids Are Saying…

“I think I read better now! Thank you!” -

 

“…by reading with people and not be scared.” - Aslin M.

 

“…because now I’m not afraid to (read) and now I am a better reader.” - Sofia

 

“…by helping me realize how fun reading is!” - Joseph M

 

“…it helps me read better out loud.”

 

“…be a better reader because practicing reading makes you a better reader.”   - Natalee K.

 

“…show us to like reading because it gives us more knowledge.”

 

“…because you can read books and ask questions.” – Randy L.

 

“…it can make me successful in what I am trying to learn and it will help me understand the book.”

 

“…it can help kids boost their imagination.”

 

“…it can help me use strategies to learn words.”

 

“…helped me not to be afraid to read aloud.” – Josue L.

 

“…people read with people to be more fluent.”

 

“…by helping us get interested in reading. I learned you can enjoy any book if you give it a chance.”

 

“…it helps my fear of reading.”

 

“…they influence you to get motivated and you want to read more.”

 

“…to have confidence in out loud reading.”

 

“…understand how fun reading is.” – Emma C.

 

“I learned how important reading is to our lives.”

“I like it here because you get to read and take home books that you never had.” – Angel, 8

 

“Something I learned is how to read comfortably.”

 

What Teachers Are Saying…

“Thank you so much! The kids love it here. It’s so colorful & cozy the kids can’t help but be excited and want to read.” – Michelle Eilets, Teacher class 214 PS 23 (Bronx)

 “Many students learned about the different genres of books and how to read with a partner independently. Most importantly they learned to enjoy reading. Overall the students all improved with their reading.”  - Lead Teacher (Pre-K), Garment Industry Daycare Center (LES, NYC)

“I wanted to thank you and your volunteers for the beautiful time that we spent at your site. My class and I really enjoyed the read aloud as well as the group readings. Having met a real author was a wonderful experience for the children. The children were excited to present their PJ’s to their parents upon their arrival that day. We are very grateful for the loving treatment you offered our children,  it was evident that they felt very comfortable during the visit.” – Nancy Vega, Teacher class 106 PS 155 (Bronx)

“Liz did a fantastic job organizing with the Long Island Chapter to provide volunteers and warm pajamas for every child. I cannot express how wonderful this program is, with such wonderful people providing this for the neediest children. I would highly recommend this program to other providers.” – Jamie Nolan, Pre-Kindergarten Supervisor

 

That is a profound evolution that, generally takes years.

OpenYourHeartgirlDear Ms. Piturro,

I would like to share with you my experience with the pajama program. It has been a distinct pleasure and asset to our program to have Ms. Reavey and her volunteers. Her monthly visits are looked forward to with great anticipation by staff and students alike. It’s not just a change of routine, it’s a bond that has grown between my students and Ms. Reavey. She has exposed them to multiple genres of literature there by expanding their repertoire and selections.

Over the past year students have not only increased greatly in the amount they read, their reasons for reading have changed from -for information- to- for leisure-. That is a profound evolution that, generally takes years. I believe this development in literary maturity has occurred so rapidly due to Ms. Reavey’s genuine magnetic character, and kind spirit which is only surpassed by her dedication and undeniable passion for the work she does.

Thank you very much for the Books and pajamas but most of all thank you for the privilege of meeting and working in cooperation with your amazing team.

P.S before I let you go I want to share a very special story.

Last year the first time the pajama program came to read. My group of 1st graders had just received their books and the volunteers were packing up to depart. When a 1st grader ran up to the volunteer and said here (handing back the book they selected) the volunteer said no you can keep it. He then looked at the book, then looked at the volunteer misty eyed and said “ I can keep it, It’s mine? Thank you so much, this is my first book that is all mine. I can’t wait to show my mom”.

I can imagine at the program’s inception this was the one of your goals

Thank You,

Joanna Jimenez

Coordinator, Advantage after-school program

CLUSTER Community services of Westchester County, NY

Carter’s Joins One Million Good Nights

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Carter’s Helps Pajama Program Deliver One Million Good Nights

 

20131001_0184Thank you to Carter’s for helping Pajama Program try to reach its One Million Good Nights goal of collecting one million new pajamas, one million new books and the resources needed to deliver them promptly to children in need.  In addition to their generous contribution of over 100,000 pajamas for 2013, between now and the end of the year, Carter’s will be helping to drive awareness and support of Pajama Program online as well as in their stores between December 4th and December 20th, 2013.  

Help Pajama Program and our friends at Carter’s reach our goal of delivering One Million Good Nights to children who need them most!

 

Pajaminals visit Carter's Store to help promote Pajama Program One Million Good Nights.

Pajaminals visit Carter’s Store to help promote Pajama Program One Million Good Nights.

So cute, we love to see children getting involved and donating PJs.

So cute, we love to see children getting involved and donating PJs.

Lindsay our Chapter President in LA buying PJs at Carter's to donate to Pajama Probram.

Lindsay our Chapter President in LA buying PJs at Carter’s to donate to Pajama Probram.



Send a gift card!

Thank you for considering Pajama Program for a gift donation in honor of your family, friends, and colleagues!
You can make a donation online on our Donate page, and the gift card will be sent directly to your BILLING address.  You can then personalize it before giving it to your friend.  We ask for a minimum donation of $20 per gift card. For a donation of $100 we will send 6 cards.  FYI, we won’t mention the monetary amount on the card.

 

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 to indicate whether you would like a “Gift Card,”  or a “Holiday 

Gift Card.”

If you prefer to mail in a check made out to Pajama Program, that works too – just include your name and address.

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Thank you again for helping us help the children.

About Pajama Program

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Your Support is Essential!
The Pajama Program depends on the generous support of volunteers, supporters, event hosts, pajama drive sponsors, and of course, donations of cozy new pajamas and new children’s books.

Pajama Program currently has 63 chapters in 40 States and operates three (3) Reading Centers:

Reading Center

Pajama Program currently has 3 reading centers. One in New York City, One in Westchester County, NY and one in Middletown, NJ.

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Literacy Programs at NYC Reading Center

114 E. 39th St., New York, NY 10016:

Thousands of children visit our Pajama Program Reading Center every year. We read with and to the children individually and also in groups of 2-5 children. Each group has different needs and so does each individual child. We determine each child’s needs and place him with an appropriate group. The reading sessions last 45 minutes each. This is followed by snacks, and then the distribution of a pair of new pajamas packaged ahead of time and a book of their choice, for each child.  The children are then told they can go to the bookshelves and choose their own book that they’d like to take with them. “Thank you for all the warmth your program has shown to Hour Children, it’s always a major discussion on our travels back, where you hear the children talking about the great time they had, some will be reading their books, while others would be comparing characters on their pajamas, it always refreshing to see the light in their eyes whenever I announce Pajama Program time.” Lisa Belfast, HOUR Children, Long Island City, N.Y.

For more information about our Reading Center or to dfind out how you, your company, organization or business can get involved Contact our Reading Center Coordinator Daisy: daisy@pajamaprogram.org


 Westchester County, NY

In our efforts to provide a nurturing atmosphere for children in need in Westchester County, Pajama Program opened Pajama Program Reading Center in Yonkers in July, 2004.  Our Reading Center provides youngsters with age-appropriate books and other reading material in a child-friendly setting. The Andrus Children’s Center generously donates the space for the Pajama Program’s Reading Center. Groups of children visit from Westchester-area organizations that work with or provide services to under-served youngsters. While at Pajama Program Reading Center, youngsters read – and are read to — and get to select books to keep. For more information contact Reading Center Coordinator Suzie Reavey  - suzie@pajamaprogram.org

We also encourage Westchester individuals, businesses, schools, churches, synagogs, and other organizations to organize pajama and book drives. This is a great way for everyone to be ale to help a local child in need. For more information on PJ and Book Drives contact Stephanie Bisaccia westchester coordinator – stephanie@pajamaprogram.org

Pajama Program Distribution Center in Ardsley

Reading with children

Individual reading time

Trips to the bookstore


 Middletown, NJ
The NJ Chapter’s Reading Center is located in Poricy Park, Middletown, NJ.  The room was donated to us by the park’s board of directors in 2006, two years after the the chapter was started in Chapter President Geri Schleich’s home.  With the help of Lowe’s Home Center and exceptional volunteers a beautiful child friendly room was created that thrills children who live in gray surroundings. Our room is used to ship thousands of pairs of new pajamas and new books annually as well as to provide a place for children in need to gather to hear a story and go home with a new pair of pajamas.  The surrounding beauty of Poricy Park serves as a lovely setting for our guests to eat their lunch and sometimes take advantage of a nature program given by a park counselor. Contact: geri@pajamaprogram.org 

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Child with a new book

Sorting Pajamas

Chapter President Geri with the children

Children choosing their very own book

Our wonderful volunteers!

He loves his new pajamas and book!

Chapters

Search For Your Chapter by Zip Code

Pajama Program has chapters across the US. Our chapters are run by devoted volunteers, and through their effort, we are able to reach children in need all over the United States. Many states do not yet have a chapter or chapter president. If you are interested in working with us as a chapter president contact diana@pajamaprogram.org