Reading for Life

© 2016 National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc. Joliet Chapter

National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc.

The NHBW literacy initiative is a grassroots movement established to help raise reading levels for students across the country.  The goal is to attack the systemic reading epidemic.  The plan is to not only be a resource for grade school students but for children in daycares/nursery schools as well.


Our mission is to provide the tools and resources to combat this epidemic at the ground level.  WE plan to put a book in every home and support parents as the child’s first and most important teacher.  We plan to increase literacy and promote a child’s successful transition into the educational school system through outreach and awareness to parents about the importance of reading readiness for children birth through 5 years of age.


The goal is to increase the percentage of students reading by the time they enter kindergarten and establish a literacy based resource center for both daycares/nurseries and grade schools.  Educational support systems are the key to keeping children in school, in the work force, off welfare, and away from criminal activities.  This goal will be reached by the following:


Reading for Life


Joliet Early Learning Center

500 Parks Ave

Joliet, IL 60432