| Oct 20, 2016
A Decade of Growth with the Seattle Public Library
It is the mission of The Seattle Public Library (SPL) to bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. So, when the library sought out an evidenced-based program in 2006 to support their family engagement initiative, Raising A Reader (RAR) was an ideal fit.
RAR engages families, provides tools to parents and caregivers to support school readiness, and has the potential to benefit the entire community.
Every step SPL makes with Raising A Reader involves deliberate growth. The Seattle Public Library began the RAR program in 17 preschools, reaching 220 children.
During their ten year relationship with RAR, SPL has seen the offerings of RAR expand and grow. SPL started serving children as young as 18 months by implementing RAR in home visiting programs, Early Head Start, preschools classrooms, and recently expanding into a handful of kindergarten classrooms.
SPL now serves 1,237 children age 18 months to 6 years old. They look to add 3-5 community partners annually and reach as many families as they can.
Through supporters like you, the RAR program has become so visible in the Seattle community that families are reaching out to the library directly to see how they can get involved.