Research conclusively shows children who are not reading at the appropriate level by third grade have a much harder time throughout the rest of their academic career and this negatively impacts their success later in life.
The Raising A Reader program is evidence-based, with more than 32 independent evaluations showing that Raising A Reader significantly improves language and literacy skills, cognitive development, communication and comprehension skills, school readiness and social competence. Raising A Reader's red book bag rotation program equips parents with the tools to engage in book sharing with their child from birth to age eight preparing them for future academic success.
The project will provide books and family support to more than 2,000 vulnerable families improving the language and literacy skills of children at risk of educational failure and strengthening parent-child relationships and family educational involvement. Raising A Reader will implement the program through a trusted network of community partners that comprise more than 2,700 locations across the country (i.e. public school systems, libraries after-school programs, community agencies and more).