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.
Aug 6, 2014

Raising readers from California to Illinois! What's new in 2014

RAR kids receiving their new books & new red bags!
RAR kids receiving their new books & new red bags!

As summer ends and school starts up again hundreds of thousands of children across the country are receiving their red Raising A Reader book bags for the very first time
For many of these children the opportunity to read high-quality books and share them with their families will be the first in their lives. Studies show that less than half of US children living at or below the poverty line start school with the reading and language skills they need for future success. Children from non-English speaking backgrounds are even more at-risk. Raising A Reader works to combat these issues and help ensure that ALL children can make the start they need no matter what their background.

New programs, new children and new families from California to Illinois
In La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District on California’s South Coast the opportunity gap for low-income Spanish-speaking children is a serious concern . Working with local community organizations to assess local need and promote literacy, Raising A Reader will be implemented as part of a suite of services aimed at supporting South Coast families. We are excited to be part of this local initiative that will help to ensure South Coast children have the strong start they deserve.

This Fall, in Mundelein Illinois, the Fremont Public Library will launch a two-year program focused on children who speak English as a second language. The program, which will begin by specifically targeting 80 children from District 75’s bilingual preschool, will reach children just as they are developing their literacy skills. Featuring bicultural and bilingual books the program will focus on empowering parents to work through the language and learning barriers they face in order to better support their child’s education.

- Did you know, 80% of Raising A Reader families are living at or below the poverty line and 48% speak English as a second language -

Thank you for supporting early language and literacy
It is only through the support of generous donors and funders like you that we can implement our programs across 34 states and plan for the future of child literacy in this country. It is with humble gratitude that we see you come together as a community of donors, each giving what you can, towards this monolithic goal of ensuring every child has the best possible academic start. Together we can make a real difference in the life of every child and every family we serve.

With gratitude,
Yours in book sharing
The Raising A Reader Team



When families are involved, children learn!
When families are involved, children learn!


Jun 25, 2014

Double Your Impact today!

Today Only! Microsoft is matching all donations made to Literacy Programs for Children.

Today you can Double Your Impact on early childhood literacy and continue to provide children all over the country access to the joys of reading.

This offer applies to any gift made after 9am PDT (12noon EDT) at Literacy Programs for Children.

Thank you for choosing to support us in our aim to serve children and families across the country with the Raising A Reader programs. 

Yours in Book Sharing 
The Raising A Reader Team


For more information on how Microsoft supports youth initiatives see http://www.globalgiving.org/youthspark and check out #YouthSpark on Twitter


Jun 24, 2014

Just One Day to Double Your Impact

Tomorrow, for just one day, Microsoft and GlobalGiving will double your impact by matching all gifts made to Literacy Programs for Children

Just $35 enables a child to continue in our program for 1 year; $100 enrolls a brand new child in a new program. Tomorrow we can double those numbers! By doubling your gift we can double our impact.

This offer only applies to gifts made via our GlobalGiving platform so please visit us there at Literacy Programs for Children

As always, thank you for your ongoing support of childhood literacy through Raising A Reader.

Yours in book sharing                        
The Raising A Reader Team


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