Cops N’ Kids

It is the mission of the Cops ‘N Kids Reading Center to enable and empower all children to strive toward the fundamental successes in life – through recognition for the importance of reading.

The primary objective of Cops ‘N Kids is to improve the reading skills of at-risk children by introducing them to the adventure and creativity that is received from reading.

The center is intended to assist children in their exploration while guiding them toward reading skills development and subsequently how to apply the acquired skills to other academic and personal pursuits.

The children who participate in our programs will also experience positive interaction with police officers in order to develop a more trusting relationship with law enforcement.

Our hope is that the unique strategies of the reading center will ultimately prevent juvenile delinquency and inspire our children to reach their full, untapped potential.

The Cops ‘N Kids Reading Center was founded in 1997 in Racine, Wisconsin. There are now over 40 Cops ‘N Kids Reading Centers throughout the United States as well as South Africa, Venezuela, and the Philippines.

In 1997, then police officer, Julia Burney, responded to a burglary call that led her to a warehouse full of children’s books. Without hesitation, Julia realized these books should be in the hands, hearts and homes of the disadvantaged children she served every day.

The first cachet of books was distributed from the trunks of police cars. Within weeks, children were clamoring around officers who often stopped to read a colorful book or two. What Julia discovered, was a unique way to respond to children in need; children who lacked the essential tools for successful learning.

Cops ‘ N Kids assembles community members to share the responsibility of social and educational development, ensuring that all children have the opportunity to explore their full potential.

This simple and effective plan grew into the Cops ‘N Kids Reading Center.

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