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.
Because of this and other factors, Lawrence was named one of the Commonwealth’s Gateway Cities. As such, the city is receiving special attention and funding to support education improvements.
Raising A Reader MA’s work in Lawrence 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 Lawrence
2008 was the first year of programming.
1,926 children and families are currently being served in Lawrence and nearby Methuen.
There are 33 public school classrooms using Raising A Reader MA:
There are 59 classrooms in 13 child care centers using Raising A Reader MA:
There are four home visiting programs that integrate Raising A Reader MA as part of their intensive, in-home parenting support:
Other partners include CFCE playgroups and 25 family child care providers.