Raising A Reader

RAR's mission is to engage caregivers in a routine of book sharing with their children from birth through age eight to foster healthy brain development, healthy relationships, a love of reading, and the literacy skills critical for school success.

Raising A Reader
330 Twin Dolphin Drive
Suite 147
Redwood City, CA 94065
United States
6504890550
http://www.raisingareader.org/

Executive Director

Gabrielle E. Miller

Project Leaders

Angie Bush
Raquel EspaƱa
Olivia Jones

Mission

RAR's mission is to engage caregivers in a routine of book sharing with their children from birth through age eight to foster healthy brain development, healthy relationships, a love of reading, and the literacy skills critical for school success.

Programs

RAR rotates bright red bags filled with award-winning books into children's homes on a weekly basis, exposing children on average to over 100 books per rotation cycle. RAR pairs this book rotation with parent training to effectively share books to promote children's literacy skills. Families are also connected with their local public and school libraries. Children receive a blue library book bag at the end of the program to keep so that they can continue the practice of borrowing books and build a lifelong habit of reading. RAR is an evidence-based, scalable and affordable model with proven effects and scalability. Over twenty independent evaluations confirm the positive effects of RAR on home-based literacy practices essential to academic achievement. Indicators most affected by RAR are those linked to reading fluency and school achievement; including prevalence of books in the home, parent knowledge about child literacy, prevalence and frequency of shared reading behavior, interactive shared reading behavior, and visits to the library. Universities such as Stanford, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, University of Texas, Houston, University of North Carolina, and Fayetteville State University have provided independent evaluations of the program and provide technical support critical to the program's rigor. Most recently, a large-scale experimental study by the University of Texas, Houston funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation demonstrated that RAR, when coupled with additional parent-oriented activities (a major component of the RAR program), demonstrates the potential of closing achievement gaps between children of color in poverty and their Caucasian peers.

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