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TWO Senior Program Managers recognized by Commission on Status of Women

We are beyond proud to congratulate not just one, but TWO of our amazing Senior Program Managers for recognition by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW)! On April 25th, Pioneer Valley Senior Program Manager Francia Wisnewski was sworn in as a Regional Commissioner for Hampshire-Franklin County. Members are appointed to conduct ongoing […Read More]

Thank you, Barr Foundation!

Raising A Reader MA is a proud recipient of a generous grant from the Barr Foundation to continue helping families of young children from birth through age six to build a culture of literacy at home and develop the literacy skills they need for reading success. Read more: https://www.barrfoundation.org/partners/raising-a-reader-massachusetts

WCVB-Channel 5 Features RAR MA Brockton Program Manager

When should you starting reading to kids? “Starting at birth,” says Maria Mombeleur, Raising A Reader MA’s Brockton Regional Program Manager. This past weekend, Mombeleur was featured on WCVB’s “CityLine.” Watch Maria talk about how the program works, dialogic reading and the importance of reading to kids as early as possible.

Raising A Reader MA 10th Anniversary

Ten children (ages one to ten) read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” with their families. This video celebrates the ten year anniversary of Raising A Reader Massachusetts and was first shown at the Dinner with an Author event on June 1, 2016. Produced by Josh Kastorf through Northeastern University’s The Experiential Network (XN).

Raising A Reader MA Featured on WBZ-TV CBS Boston

Exciting news to share! Executive Director, Randy Houk, was interviewed on WBZ-TV CBS Boston during a segment called “4 Your Community” this past Saturday. “4 Your Community” highlights a different non-profit each week during a live interview with a spokesperson from the organization.

The Journey to Literacy Begins At Birth

Our friends at Reach Out and Read are hosting a conference on Wednesday, May 11th, 2016, focusing on the building blocks of early literacy and the museums and libraries that enhance it. We’re excited that our Springfield Program Manager, Francia Wisnewski, will be presenting, and invite you to join us! THE JOURNEY TO LITERACY BEGINS AT […Read More]

Raising a Reader MA Names Two New Vice Presidents

Sara Pollock DeMedeiros takes on Role of VP of Programs and Evaluation and Christine Ward named VP of Operations and Finance BOSTON, February 22, 2016 – Raising A Reader MA (RAR-MA), a nonprofit organization that focuses on early childhood literacy, is pleased to announce the promotion of Sara Pollock DeMedeiros to Vice President of Programs […Read More]

Are Printed Children’s Books Nearing Extinction?

I must confess, that after decades of loyalty to my library, from which I take home up to five books a week (often to be read in the bathtub, and fortunately not one has had a mishap). I have now surrendered to technological advances, and downloaded the “Overdrive” app on my new iPad. (Thank you […Read More]