| Mar 18, 2020
Leveling the playing field
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!