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Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children

by Raising A Reader
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Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children
Provide Vital Literacy Programs for US Children

Raising A Reader's evidence-based program aims to level the playing field of the children living in poverty by helping them develop, practice, and maintain the literacy skills needed for sustained academic success. We strive to close the growing divide between the lowest-performing and the highest-performing students due to the increasing income gap in students enrolled in public schools. In Monterey County, where 54% of families with children do not earn wages adequate to meet their basic needs, (University of Washington, 2019), Raising A Reader has scaled our impact to reach the children and families who most need our program.

Thanks to generous donors like you, Raising A Reader has expanded our reach in Monterey County to serve over 6,000 children across the county. As we reach more schools and children, we continue to receive more success stories like this one from Salinas City schools:

"At first the teachers were a little hesitant about the work that goes into implementing the program, but once they started to see the excitement from the kids, and the positive feedback from parents about how much the families love reading books at home, they were sold on the benefits of the program." - Denise Noel, Preschool Coordinator, Salinas City Schools 

Your support makes these success stories possible! Thank you for supporting Raising A Reader and younger readers across the country! 

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Raising A Reader began its partnership with Judy Centers (more formally known as The Judith P. Hoyer Center Early Learning Hubs) throughout the state of Maryland several years ago.  Since the inception of this partnership, the model has continued to grow and thrive over time.  Raising A Reader quickly learned that Judy Centers offer robust programming and varied opportunities and experiences for their families through the collaboration of various partners.  Working closely with the Judy Centers over the past few years has broadened the age range and settings of children served by Raising A Reader.  Children who may not have otherwise had access to high quality reading materials are now being provided with them through play groups, babysitters clubs and other programming efforts that the Judy Centers implement.

Judy Center staff have shared that Raising A Reader is an anchor program offering because of three essential benefits:

  • children and their families are continually exposed to excellent literature in many genres 
  • the simple act of sharing books encourages strong parent-child relationships and increases the time families spend with their children – both aspects foster children’s healthy brain development
  • ongoing book-reading experiences support young children’s oral language development, vocabulary understanding, listening comprehension, etc., and build a strong foundation for later reading

Providing high-quality programming for infants, toddlers, preschool-aged children and their families would not be possible without the continued endorsement and encouragement of supporters like you! We are thankful for your continued support and excited to be able to serve our youngest learners!

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Blue Bag Event

2019 marks Raising A Reader’s 20th year of service to children and families across the country! We launched our celebratory anniversary campaign, 20 Years of Changing Children’s Lives Through Literacy, in the Spring 2019.

Over the past 20 years, our early childhood movement has accomplished so much. Together we have:

  • Served more than 1.7 million children and families
  • Partnered with more than 500 host organizations in 40 states and territories across the United States
  • Earned numerous awards and prestigious recognition
  • Collected 39 independent evaluations

These accomplishments are in a large way a result of the tremendous support we have received from generous donors, as yourselves, throughout the years. We are grateful for your support to our organization and to the early childhood literacy field!

Over the course of the campaign, we will reflect on the critical impact we have had on children throughout the country. An aspect of your campaign is a call out to our affiliates for “great stories”. One such “great story” coming to us from El Monte, California is shared below:

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As we end the school year at both Miramonte and Payne School, we had the opportunity to meet with families and talk about the benefits of using Raising a Reader. We reviewed the power of having a strong nourished brain and went over the importance of habits.

One parent said, “I really liked the books that my child brought home. They were bilingual and at their reading level. Some books I remember reading as a child. They were very good and interesting stories. We read together, especially the ones that were songs. We sang together. Thank you very much for this opportunity and awesome experience.”

Another parent said, “Raising A Reader has several benefits; I had the books at home and didn’t have to go to the library, and my son was more interested in the books and wanted me to read to him. My child looked forward to getting the new book every week.”

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Raising A Reader is turning 20 years old! That means two decades of bringing our evidence-based early childhood literacy program to the children that need it most. We could not have done it without your critical support! Thank you for your generosity!

During the 2018-2019 school year, Raising A Reader partnered with several new affiliates and launched programming at multiple new locations. New communities throughout the country are benefiting from Raising A Reader’s theory of change.

Baldwin Park, a community about 20 miles east of Los Angeles, launched the program this school year. The children and families of Baldwin Park are thrilled to now be part of the Raising A Reader community.

The Raising A Reader team is filled with gratitude in your support of our mission. Here’s to another 20 years of changing children’s lives one book at a time!

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Launch in Coachella!

Thank you for your generous support of Raising A Reader through 2018 and beyond! Your support funds the critical work of bringing our evidence-based early childhood literacy program to those children that need it most. We are truly grateful for your commitment and the transformative culture of literacy you make possible for these children.

Your gift is placing high-quality books into homes where there are none; bringing vital knowledge to parents through workshops; and providing training on how to engage families to the educators in our already under-resourced schools. In 2018, we served more than 137,000 children, nearly 20,000 more than in 2017! We expanded and launched in many new sites across the country including Bismarck, North Dakota, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Solano and Coachella, California to name a few. We also began a $1 million expansion in the State of Maryland. As we celebrate our 20th year of program implementation, we are poised to continue to help children develop, practice, and maintain the reading habits they need for healthy brain development, language and comprehension that will lead to life-long academic success.

Each story of success is your celebration, too! Here is a note from one of our hard-working, dedicated teachers on the front lines of our program:

"I find Raising A Reader makes a significant impact on our young readers. The texts are teeming with insightful information, the children and parents appreciate the opportunity of rotating reading material and the diversity with respect to culture that's found in the book selections. Children are excited about taking books home to read on a regular basis."

In the United States, we are losing 7 out of 10 children by 4th grade each year because they can not read. This leads them to struggle through middle-school and each one of these 7 children is 4 times more likely to drop out of high school. Raising A Reader fights this trend, providing our proven program through more than 290 providers across 3,000 sites across the country in 36 states. We provide the books that do not exist in 60 percent of the 16 million homes of the children that live in poverty in our country. And we also provide the training that empowers parents and caregivers no matter their own reading level to be their child's first teacher. In our 20 years, we have served nearly 2 million children and familes thanks to supporters, like you, and our implementing partners.

On behalf of our entire team, thank you for investing in this very important mission. With your generous gift, we are changing children’s lives one book at a time!

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Raising A Reader

Location: Milpitas, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Noelle Colomé
Milpitas, California United States
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