In its 1985 report, “Becoming a Nation of Readers,” the National Commission on Reading has noted that the single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning kindergarten.
Census and other data from Brockton, made available through our friends at Strategies for Children, remind us of the achievement gap that persists in this community.
This data is one of the reasons why Brockton was named one of the Gateway Cities in the Commonwealth. As such, the city is receiving special attention and funding to support education improvement.
Raising A Reader MA’s work in Brockton is part of the Gateway Cities solution. Our partnerships are successfully increasing the rate at which families of young children read with their children at least three times a week by an average of 25% every year.
Raising A Reader MA in Brockton
2010 was the first year of programming.
1,722 children and families are currently being served in Brockton.
There are 32 public school classrooms using Raising A Reader MA:
- Gilmore School
- Adult Learning Center
There are 42 classrooms in four child care centers using Raising A Reader MA:
- Westfield Child Center
- Project Grads at Brockton High
- Brockton Day Nursery
- Self-Help Head Start
Other partners include Brockton Housing Authority, CFCE Playgroups, Family Life Homeles Shelter, and David Louissan Homeless Shelter.