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Official R.E.A.D. training is offered periodically by Licensed R.E.A.D. Instructors. Please contact them for details about workshop locations, times, and cost:

Terrie Carpenter ( or 860-742-8611 in the Coventry area.

Denise Bolduc ( ) in the Manchester area.

Daphne Wilcox ( in the Avon area. 

Organization: Allan's Angels Therapy Dogs

The CT Chapter of Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs

Program: Allan's Angels R.E.A.D. Program

Contact: Denise Bolduc

City: Bolton


Organization: Tails of Joy, Inc.

Location: Manchester, Connecticut

President: Caroline Gaetano 

READ email:


Program Name: Story Tails

Contact Name: Taffy Wilcox, R.E.A.D. Coordinator

City: Hartford

State: Connecticut

Notes: We currently visit Coventry Grammar School, Webster Hill Elementary School, West Hartford Library, Prosser Library, Manchester Public Library, Willington Library, Booth & Dimock Library, Mark Twain Library.

Organization: Bethany Community School

Contact Name: Betsy Quitko

City: Bethany

State: Connecticut

Phone: 203-239-9291


Notes: Currently visiting Bethany Community School

Program: Healing Hounds of Stamford Hospital

Contact Name: Dana Neuman

Location: Stamford, CT


Phone: 203-661-4902 

Organization: Hudson Valley Paws for a Cause

Program: Pet Therapy Program and R.E.A.D.

Contact: Judy Audevard

City: Stamford

Phone: 914-953-6434




Notes: We visit at U.S.M.A. at West Point, NY

Organization: Cold Noses, Warm Hearts

Contact Name: Terrie Carpenter

City: Coventry

State: Connecticut

Phone Number: (860) 208-7639



Notes: The facilities we visit are: Washington Magnet School, CT Children’s Medical Center, School for Emotionally Disturbed Children, Grace Webb School, and Rocky Hill. We visit multiple libraries including Lebanon, Spaulding, Wethersfield, Coventry, Tolland, Trumbell, Eastford, Woodstock, and more.

Organization: Newtown Strong Therapy Animals

Contact Name: Marykay Wishneski

City: Sandy Hook

State: CT

Phone: 203-258-7437



Notes: We visit local schools and libraries

Contact Name: National R.E.A.D. Coordinator

Phone: 801-272-3439


Notes: For more information on registered R.E.A.D. teams or groups in this state, please contact the ITA office.

The ITA R.E.A.D. program is touching hearts across the nation. The following is a partial list of R.E.A.D. Affiliate Programs, Regional Workshops, and individual R.E.A.D teams. It is our hope that this list will help put R.E.A.D. teams in contact with programs and workshops in their area. If you would like to add your program to this list please send an email to the National R.E.A.D. Coordinator at the ITA office (

States ending in
have programs hosting regional workshops. Also, many R.E.A.D. instructors are willing to travel. Please feel free to contact one of them about setting up a workshop specifically designed for your group.