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



the SHARE-#TalkAndPlay

Play Date at Home online button

 Tell us about your 10 mins of #TalkandPlay at home!

Step #4


and enjoy while we

celebrate your monthly growth!

EARN new books and other fun prizes

 Have a Play Date with Us! 

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and post with the hashtags #talkandplay #playsmartliteracy

 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 Play Visit 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!

Tues, Wed, Thurs mornings and Pop-Ins throughout the week!:

---Ada S. McKinley Community Services---

Trumbull Park Head Start-106th & Ogelsby, Trumbull Park CHA

Maggie Drummond -43rd & Wabash

Roseland Head Start -11400 S Edbrooke

Ersula Howard -73rd & Exchange

Believe Family Shelter

Thursdays at 5:30

Avalon Library - Last Tues of every month

Tolton Family LiteracyTepeyac Head Start *CLOSING DEC* 

We will be having family workshops at Little Village Library



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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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