Harvard Emerging Literacy Project

Volunteers with PBHA's Harvard Emerging Literacy Project support preschools to increase opportunities to read and ensure a strong literacy foundation for all young people in Cambridge.

Application Information:

To partner your classroom with the Harvard Emerging Literacy Project, or to learn more about volunteering with the program, email help@pbha.org.

Student Director Contact Information:


Staff Contact Information:

Kate Johnsen



PBHA’s Harvard Emerging Literacy Project (HELP) recognizes that if young children do not have the resources to practice reading, their chances for future learning and academic success are significantly diminished. The Harvard Emerging Literacy Project partners with Cambridge’s Head Start preschools to increase access to books and reading among young children from low-income families. Volunteers visit classrooms weekly to read with preschool children, providing literacy support for classroom teachers and preparing students to enter elementary school on par with their peers.