Prime Time Family Reading Time

National Expansion

With pilot programs in 35 states and the Virgin Islands, PRIME TIME continues to expand nationwide. Since 1991, approximately 525 sites have been implemented in the U.S.

PRIME TIME has been commended for its quality and lauded as a national standard for excellence in humanities programming for children and youth at risk. National awards include:

  • The Public Library Association's 2003 Advancement of Literacy Award
  • The Coming Up Taller Award
  • The Federation of State Humanities Councils' Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize.

States that have participated or are currently participating in PRIME TIME programming include:

Alabama Alaska Arkansas California Florida
Georgia Illinois Indiana Kansas Kentucky
Louisiana Maine Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota
Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska New Hampshire
New Mexico New York North Carolina Ohio Oklahoma
Oregon Pennsylvania South Carolina South Dakota Texas
Utah Virginia West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming

For further information about participating sites, please contact Dana Eness at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanties at