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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Literacy, Preschools, Remedial Reading & Encouragement, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Reading Ready Pittsburgh is a non-profit organization supporting the healthy development of young children by increasing access to books and by encouraging significant family engagement through reading.

Target demographics: children 0 to 5

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 160 families

Geographic areas served: The Pittsburgh Area, primarily Homestead in the Steel Valley School District.

Programs: Raising A Reader (a book bag rotation program in local childcare programs) and by building mini give-away libraries for young children.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our program has had such a great experience with Raising a Reader. We have been able to offer these fabulous book bags to parents that typically would not be purchasing these books for their children. We have parents that truly look forward to new books every week and tell us stories of the interaction they have with their children during reading times. We have had several parents that openly admitted that before this they have never read to their children at home. Because of this program and the wonderful women that operate this program reading and its importance is being reintroduced to families in early learning centers and educating parents on the importance of reading. We have such a wonderful reader Mary that comes to our center regularly, the children now recognize her and you can just see the excitement when she walks into the classroom. Her energy and passion for what she does is amazing. We are proud to be a part of such a great organization.
-Danielle Daye
-Learning & Educational Daycare-

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angels’ Place centers on the North Side and in Swissvale are so pleased to be a part of the Raising a Reader program provided by Reading Ready Pittsburgh. Raising a Reader provides our parents the opportunity to take part in a weekly book lending program, encouraging them to read books daily to their children. Our parents have embraced this opportunity and rave about the program. The children also enjoy being a part and look forward to receiving their new bag of books each week. The teachers switch the books weekly and shared that it has also really enhanced literacy in our environment. We are so excited to have this partnership and hope it will continue in the future, allowing our families to continue benefiting from this amazing program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Reading Ready Pittsburgh is a great organization that gives all children access to developmentally appropriate books. Reading to children is crucial for their language, social, and emotional development. As a non-profit organization it is fabulous to collaborate with another organization that values our same beliefs on child development.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I met the founder of Reading Ready Pittsburgh in the Fall of 2018. Mary accepts the research that demonstrates that it is essential to read to and otherwise use language with children under 4 years of age, or their brains will not develop the capacity necessary to maximize their potential. Reading Ready Pittsburgh's mission is to train parents and caregivers to enlist them in reading to their small children, It sounds simple enough but it takes passion and lots of volunteer effort. Both can be found in RRP.