Raising A Reader is Back to School
Year In Review and a Look at 2022
Children are back at school in person and Raising A Reader (RAR) and generous donors like you helped get them there, ready for success!
Throughout last year, children and the caring adults in their lives read together in communities all across the United States. We are proud to have been part of building healthy brains, healthy relationships and home libraries.
The disparity gap continued to widen across the nation. RAR leaned in, listened and learned that educators, caregivers and children were really struggling. We responded with two new models: Super Summer Learning Adventures and Family Shared Reading Program. Both of these programs are bilingual (English and Spanish), build home libraries, support learning recovery, and address the increased social emotional issues that are disproportionately impacting the over 150,000 vulnerable children and their families we now serve each year. That is a 20% increase from 2020!
Every day we continue to activate engagement, build knowledge, and create connections that support children in developing early language and literacy skills. We know that by building routines around book sharing, children are more prepared for kindergarten, are less likely to struggle academically, and achievement gaps resulting from systemic racial injustice will narrow.
This is the why behind our work.
Looking ahead, RAR is committed to a growth strategy that advances the field of early literacy by amplifying the voices and experiences of local families to inform early literacy strategies on a national scale.
We are also investing in new pilots, such as our Race Equity Pediatric Pilot that connects pediatricians, preschool teachers and parents to increase literacy gains among vulnerable children. And, we just completed an audit of our diverse collection of over 3,000 books with titles in 13 languages. We are committed to ensuring that our books reflect the lived and shared experiences of the children and famlies who engage with Raising A Reader; 80% of whom are BIPOC and from low-income backgrounds. Our books and curricula celebrate our children and families which fosters their love of reading and leads to future academic success!
Join with us as we continue to grow and build in communities all across the United States in 2022.
With much appreciation,
Your Friends at Raising A Reader