Play Smart Literacy empowers parents and caregivers by bringing awareness to the connection between talk, play and child development.


We help families recognize, create and engage in opportunities for learning and playful adult-child conversations and every day.  

  How It Works: The Four Rs  

Step #1


and give us permission to engage with you.

Step #2


our free resources:

 Weekly play invitations

Remind Texts

Ready Rosie Videos

New books 

Step #3


and engage with us by sending back the SHARE-Play Date at Home online form

 of you playing, reading, and talking.

Step #4


and enjoy while we

celebrate your monthly growth!

 Have a Play Date with Us! 

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 Click the camera and send photos, stories, or videos of your family talking and playing! 

We are thrilled to partner with Tamalge Steele, author of

The Gift of Words: How Do Children Learn To Talk?

Visit her website for lots of ways to ADD MORE WORDS to your day!

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 Are you interested in having your family join in on the fun and growth? 

 Sign the family commitment form below. 

 On Site Summer Play Date Schedule and Events 


                                      600  E. 61st St.

-Play Visit every THURSDAY 10:30!

-Play Smart Families are encouraged to visit HelloBaby ANYTIME

Always SIGN-IN and SHARE your play while you are there to earn your engagement points!

Believe and Maria Shelters, MASK 75th & Stewart

-Check with site for PSL Play and Outreach Visit times this summer!

Other Summer Events Where You Can Find PSL:

-Printer's Row Lit Fest June 8,9

-Navy Pier Water Flicks:

        Black Panther June 24th

        Lego Movie July 22

-Bronzeville Boxville June 29, July 28

-Avalon Library DAY OF PLAY July 13

-FirstBook Literacy Fair - at HelloBaby and Ada S. McKinley Aug 8

-***NAVY PIER Play Smart Day of Fun!  August 27th***



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We can't thank our program sponsors enough for all of the support they give us.

Become a sponsor today and help change a child's life.

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