|Springfield, MA – the birthplace of Dr. Seuss, and one of the only ten All-American Cities for their city-wide efforts to ensure every child is reading on grade level by 3rd grade – will soon become a Raising A Reader MA city. Special thanks to the Amelia Peabody Foundation, and the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation for helping to make it possible to expand into Springfield in 2012. Census and other data from Springfield - made available through our friends at Strategies for Children – remind us of the achievement gap that limits children from reaching their potential in this community.Because of this and other factors, Springfield 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 Springfield will become part of the Gateway Cities solution. We expect our new partnerships will successfully increase 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 Springfield
2012 will be the first year of programming.
500 children and families will be served in the first year in Springfield.