Learning Ally and the Garden State

The New Jersey Department of Education has provided funding for Prek-2 public and charter schools to support their early readers with Excite Reading.

Early Literacy
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Excite Reading is brought to you by the same nonprofit team that supports you with the Learning Ally Audiobook Solution.
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Build vocabulary to move beyond decoding

Excite Reading® is aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and uses evidence-based research to help children in grades PreK-2 develop reading comprehension. In addition, in support of NJDOE’s commitment to social emotional development, Excite Reading® offers opportunities for schools to build social emotional-learning, skill development through CASEL standards alignment and identification in every lesson.


Turnkey read-aloud, think-aloud literacy solution

A recent study showed that Modeling Comprehension like the read-aloud/think-aloud lessons in Excite Reading, ranked in the top three language factors having a positive effect on young readers.


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Unique e-books have corresponding book guides that offer quality modeling and prompts for rich classroom discussion. Excite Reading also lets teachers track student progress and includes curricular assessments that are aligned with state standards.


Available anywhere, anytime

The program’s e-library of human-narrated, engaging stories is available 24/7 in school and at home. Each story is matched with carefully designed lessons that build vocabulary and background knowledge for emergent readers, with themes ranging from music, to rainforests, to insects draw students into new worlds and into the vocabulary they need to explore new ideas.

Connect with your New Jersey team

Meet the dedicated New Jersey Grant Team at Learning Ally. We’re here to guide you through the application process, answer any questions, and help you maximize the impact of grant funds in your classrooms and schools.

Jennifer Dougherty

New Jersey State Contract Manager