Bring Education Programs to Young Readers

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This project supports our work to provide high-quality books, materials, family engagement and early literacy support to children in high-need communities across all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

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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 34 independent evaluations showing RAR 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.

Long-Term Impact

The impact includes increased frequency and length of time families devote to sharing books with their children. Time spent sharing books at home reinforces emerging decoding and comprehension skills. It also helps children to associate reading with pleasurable experiences outside the realm of school and homework, and engaging them in book sharing routines not only demonstrates that reading is a priority, but sets the stage for homework habits essential for future academic success.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

Raising A Reader

Location: Redwood City, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Gloria Garcia
Redwood City, California United States

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