Here at Raising A Reader (RAR), we believe that providing tools for educators and parents is just as important as providing books to the children we serve. Behind the scenes steps are taken to ensure program success before one red bag reaches a child in a classroom.
RAR works diligently to identify partner agencies in need of literacy interventions, such as Raising A Reader. The agency appoints a RAR Program Coordinator to work one-on-one with a member of the RAR Programs team to create an implementation plan based on the needs of the agency. The RAR program supports language development, school readiness, early literacy, parent involvement, and family bonding to name a few.
Once key needs are identified, RAR provides the agency with the tools and training needed to improve connections between the organization and the home. We do this by providing training to Program Coordinators and Implementers (classroom educators) with the best "read aloud" strategies and the impacts of brain development. After being trained with the best shared reading techniques, Coordinators and Implementers will host in-person parent workshops at their agency to equip parents with the tools they need to share stories with their children.
The book bag delivery system is turnkey. The RAR Programs team will help the Program Coordinator select the best books for their families to share. The RAR book collection includes an array of educational and entertaining themes. Many RAR families are English Language Learners. RAR has books in 15 different languages to incorporate into the weekly book rotation. Other themes include, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Financial Literacy, Special Needs, books adapted with Braille, and more.
In addition to books, each red book bag includes a parent DVD (in 15 languages) with reading tips and book sharing strategies they can try with their reader. This is a great supplement for those parents who were unable to attend the in-person training sessions.
RAR continues to provide support to agency partners throughout the 26-week rotation cycle to answer questions and ensure program success. Tools and resources extend beyond the red book bag. Before one book is read, educators and parents are being equipped with the tools and strategies they need to set their child up for success.
Thank you for your continued support of our efforts at RAR. It is your generosity that helps us prepare agencies and families for success that goes beyond the classroom!