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The Golden Years

Many of us think of ‘the golden years’ as the lazy days of post-retirement when we’re finally free to do as we want, when we want, all the while living in peace and (hopefully) a warm climate. In his piece for the Huffington Post, “Kindergarten Is Too Late – We Need to Strengthen Brains Earlier […]

Recent News Articles

Please see the recent articles below for more information about the achievement gap between low and high-income children and how early literacy and shared reading experiences can reverse current trends: Kindergarten Is Too Late – Huffington Post Do We Invest in Preschools or Prisons – New York Times Understanding the Language Gap – The Boston […]

Annual Program Report: 2012 – 2013

In the 2012 – 2013 Program Year, Raising A Reader MA (RAR MA) served over 11,000 children in Massachusetts. Using a combination of the Direct Service Model and the Indirect Service Model to deliver our program to Gateway Communities throughout the Commonwealth, RAR MA collected a variety of data on our efforts, including activity tracking, […]

National Family Literacy Month Book-A-Thon!

November 2013 marks National Family Literacy Month! Guided by research that shows that 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, communities all around the country are encouraging parents and educators to read with their children this month […]

Raising A Reader MA Awarded Funder’s Collaborative Grant in Springfield

The Funder Collaborative for Reading Success announced this past Tuesday that they raised almost half a million dollars for nine early literacy and reading programs in the Springfield area. One of those programs is Raising A Reader MA, which is run by Massachusetts Literacy Champion Donna DiFillippo. Children in her program were in attendance during the announcement at the Liberty […]

The Thrill of Reading campaign begins today!

Have you ever had the thrill of taking a trip to Isabel Allende’s Santiago, Ernest Hemingway’s Havana, or Jon Krakauer’s Everest?  Have you ever had the thrill of staying up all night to finish a book because you JUST HAD TO FIND OUT who did it?  Now imagine a child shrieking with excitement as he unzips his red Raising […]

Malden Reads and Raising A Reader MA share literacy success!

Malden Reads and Raising A Reader MA create a winter literacy playgroup, reports “Wicked Local Malden”. Click here to read more. The diverse playgroup has fostered literacy activities and vibrant story times with local families all winter long, complete with crafts and snacks!

Raising A Reader MA is looking for Commonwealth Corps Volunteers!

The mission of the Commonwealth Corps is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in service to strengthen communities, address unmet community needs, and increase volunteerism. Raising A Reader MA is an evidence-based early literacy organization dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap by helping families of young children living in vulnerable communities […]

Raising A Reader MA is looking for a Director of Development and Communication

The Director of Development and Communication will be responsible for overseeing the successful development and execution of the organization’s fundraising and marketing/outreach strategy. S/He will work as a member of the senior Executive Team and report to the Executive Director. With an FYE 2013 annual operating budget of $1.2 million, Raising A Reader MA is […]

Rodman Ride Team Survey

The 2013 Rodman Ride for Kids is scheduled for Saturday, September 28th in Foxboro.  Last year members of Raising A Reader MA’s cycling team helped raise nearly $280,000 through the Rodman Ride to help families living in vulnerable communities develop, practice, and maintain habits of reading together at home. These funds were matched by 10% […]