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Direct Service Communities

In 2012, Raising A Reader MA set its growth strategy with a focus on expansion to all of Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities, identified as having education and income levels lower than the state average, and a large number of under-performing schools. Raising A Reader MA staff are embedded in these communities to build partnerships with early care and community-based programs, provide professional development opportunities to partner staff who will rotate the red bags, and plan and facilitate parent educational workshops. They collaborate with likely and unlikely allies throughout the community to build awareness about the importance of early literacy and parents’ critical role as their child’s first teacher. We are currently working in the following cities:

  • Boston
  • Brockton
  • Chelsea
  • Everett
  • Holyoke
  • Lawrence
  • Lowell
  • Lynn
  • Malden
  • Revere
  • Springfield