Books For At-Risk Children with Raising A Reader



61% of U.S. families living in poverty have no books in their homes. This project will provide hundreds of books and vital early literacy programs to 1,000 of the country's most vulnerable children.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Nearly half of all US children enter kindergarten lacking the basic reading skills necessary for school success. Often the deficits that begin early grow and persist over school careers. Once children enter kindergarten behind, they rarely catch up. One of the most effective ways to effectively prepare children for success is by reading to them regularly, yet very few programs offer families the books, materials, training and support they need to help prepare children for a lifetime of learning.

How will this project solve this problem?

The project will work with communities from rural areas to urban centers to provide books and help families develop the critical practice of book sharing in order to give the most vulnerable children the literacy and language tools they need.

Potential Long Term Impact

The project will provide books and vital early literacy programs to 1,000 high-risk children through a model that has proven it can close achievement gaps so children can enter kindergarten prepared and ready for a lifetime of success.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $36,003

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $36,003 .  The original project funding goal was $45,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Raising A Reader

Redwood City, CA, United States

Project Leader

Raquel EspaƱa

Manager of National Strategic Partnerships
Mountain View, CA United States

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