Raising A Reader is a national non-profit organization providing evidence-based programming that fosters school readiness. RAR works collaboratively with over 285 Affiliates at 3,000 sites in 36 states. Our model is easy to implement and scale and it works! RAR has 39 independent evaluations demonstrating statistically significant improvements in family engagement, language, and early literacy skills essential for reading skill development.
Did you know that 90% of brain development happens within the first five years of a child's life? Yet, research shows that 61% of low-income families do not have access to books in the home and parents lack the resources to impact their child's academic success. Children who enter kindergarten behind their peers academically are more likely to stay behind for the rest of their education.
Raising A Reader is evidence-based, with 39 independent evaluations showing the program significantly improves language and literacy skills, cognitive development, communication and comprehension skills, school readiness and social competence. Our core program rotates bright red bags filled with diverse books each week into homes and provides bilingual tools for parents and caregivers to engage in book sharing routines with their child from birth to age eight preparing them for academic success.
The impact of the program includes increased frequency and length of time families devote to sharing books with their children. Time spent sharing books at home reinforces emerging decoding and comprehension skills. RAR helps children associate reading with pleasurable experiences outside the realm of school and homework, and engaging them in book sharing routines not only demonstrates that reading is a priority, but sets the stage for homework habits essential for future academic success.
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