By 3rd Grade, 39% of all third graders do not read proficiently and this number jumps to 60% for low income children. Children who are not reading proficiently by 3rd grade are 4 times more likely to leave school without a diploma.
Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2011
Raising A Reader MA offers an evidence-based early literacy program that helps families of young children (ages 0-5) develop, practice, and maintain habits of reading together at home. Why? Research shows that the single most significant factor influencing a child’s lifelong achievement is being regularly read to by their parents and adult caregivers before starting kindergarten.
Raising A Reader Massachusetts was founded in 2006 with the support of the GreenLight Fund and is a national affiliate of Raising A Reader. Raising A Reader MA is an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization in accordance with the Internal Revenue Service guidelines. Our tax id is 80-0297898.
Raising A Reader MA is closing the achievement gap in high need communities by working with children and their families to deliver:
- Our signature red book bag rotation program
- Our multilingual DVD and other training resources for families
- Our training and support for early education providers
Raising A Reader MA is a collaborative program – we work with centers of early education and care including Horizons for Homeless Children, Head Start and public pre-schools.
Raising A Reader MA currently has more than 38,000 books in circulation through the homes of 18,000 children and families across the Commonwealth including: Dorchester, East Boston, Chelsea, Brockton, Lawrence, Lowell and Plymouth. By 2014, we plan to include Fitchburg, Holyoke, Lynn, Northampton, Springfield and Worcester.
In Massachusetts, one child out of three from a high need community will not graduate from high school because the child is entering kindergarten behind and will never catch up.
Children growing up in poverty experience a 30 million word gap [that is to say, they enter Kindergarten having heard 30 million fewer words], compared to their middle class counterparts (Hart & Risley, 1995).
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