Mission: Raising A Reader MA is an evidence-based early literacy program that helps families of young children (birth through age six) develop, practice, and maintain habits of reading together at home. Our core program model, which both increases access to books and offers support for strengthening the culture of reading at home, is driven by 25 years of research that show the most significant factor impacting a child’s academic success is being regularly read to by a parent or other primary adult caregiver before starting kindergarten. Our goal is to end the cycle of low literacy by helping families across Massachusetts develop high impact home reading routines that lay the groundwork for a lifetime of learning, success, and productive, responsible citizenship.
Results: Since our founding, Raising A Reader MA has circulated over 44,000 books to more than 38,000 children and families in Massachusetts. In the 2013-2014 program year alone, Raising A Reader MA served 11,000 children and families in over 700 implementing sites across the state, teaching high impact and easily accessible Dialogic Reading strategies to thousands of parents, many of whom have never had a practice of reading in their homes.
Target demographics: families of young children to help establish and maintain habits of reading together at home
Direct beneficiaries per year: 11,000 families
Geographic areas served: gateway cities in Massachusetts
Programs: increased access to books and parent educational workshops.