PRIME TIME, INC.
Humanities for All
PRIME TIME, Inc. initiatives are proven to generate long-term improvements in family engagement and student academic achievement. These include family reading and discussion programs, teacher professional development workshops, and Head Start services. These initiatives promote collective learning among families and groups, explorations of questions core to the human experience, examination of issues and themes common to humanity, interpretations of human artifacts, and lifelong learning.
PRIME TIME partners with libraries, schools, and various community-based organizations to implement these programs in all Louisiana parishes.
PRIME TIME Family
Engages families and their 6- to 10-year-old children in weekly reading and discussion sessions. PRIME TIME Family models strategies for story-sharing and meaningful at-home discussion of quality children’s literature and enhances interest in reading through positive interactions and family bonding. The program is also proven to improve text comprehension and higher-order thinking skills; building the foundation for a lifelong love of reading.
PRIME TIME Preschool
Introduces parents and their 3- to 5- year-old children to literature through story-sharing and play-based exploration of quality children’s literature. Through weekly modeling and practice, the program also builds capacity for at-home learning, empowering parents to support school readiness.
PRIME TIME HomeRoom
Supports educators in workshops aimed at making learning an experience by focusing on inquiry and group exploration of ideas. The program trains educators to integrate question-asking and group discussion strategies with existing curricula and lesson plans to expand text comprehension and critical thinking skills among students.
PRIME TIME Head Start—Ouachita Parish
Offers a family-focused Humanities Head Start program with up to 505 students (3- and 4-year-olds) and their families in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. PRIME TIME Head Start integrates the LEH’s proven family engagement and inquiry-based teaching and learning strategies with its research-based classroom and family engagement curricula. The federal Head Start model supports children’s growth and development in a positive learning environment and is designed to help break the cycle of poverty, providing preschool children of vulnerable families with a comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional, and psychological needs.
This fall and winter, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities will host Bright Lights Online, a series of online conversations with recipients of the 2020 Humanities Awards.Read More
LEH’s PRIME TIME Family Reading program has been adapted into PRIME TIME First Aid Kits, all-in-one boxes of books and supplies that will be mailed directly to families. Applications to receive a First Aid Kit are open now.Read More
Thanks to support from the Federation of State Humanities Councils and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the LEH will soon be launching in a series of public humanities programs on the history of voting—and efforts to suppress the vote—in the US.Read More