In 2012, Raising A Reader MA set its growth strategy with a focus on expansion to all of Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities, which are those identified as having education and income levels lower than the state average, and a large number of under-performing schools. Yet in other communities across the Commonwealth, educators are searching for evidence-based early literacy programs that can help prepare their youngest children to succeed once they arrive in kindergarten. How can they access Raising A Reader MA’s proven model?
Our indirect service delivery model, also known as the “satellite model,” gives these non-Gateway Cities the opportunity to offer Raising A Reader MA programming to their children through a tailored train-the-trainer model. There are three steps to launching Raising A Reader MA’s satellite community model in a community-based program.
- First, community-based programs, often the regional Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Council, secures funding to support the implementation of Raising A Reader MA.
- Next, they designate staff to attend an intensive two-day session covering the ins- and-outs of Raising A Reader MA answering questions such as, why is this important? How does it work? And, what will it look like in my community?
- Finally, the partner program launches the red bag rotation for their children and families, and implements the Raising A Reader MA parent training curriculum.
Raising A Reader MA staff provide ongoing support through quarterly visits and follow up professional development. This is an ongoing relationship; in all of our communities- both Gateway and satellite- Raising A Reader MA provides services over multiple years as community expertise makes the program stronger and the cost per child decreases each year after initial materials have been purchased.
Raising A Reader MA launched our first indirect service delivery program in Plymouth in Winter 2012. Programs currently using Raising A Reader MA include:
In Arlington, Newton and Waltham:
- Playgroups in Newton are organized by the Newton Community Service Center and Newton Public Schools
- Playgroups in Arlington and Waltham are organized by Newton Community Service Center and Communities United Inc.
- Playgroups organized by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement program managed by the Oxford Public Schools
- Playgroups organized by the Plymouth Family Network managed by the Plymouth Public Schools
- Plymouth KinderCare
- Riverside Community Care/The Guidance Center Early Intervention
- Riverside Community Care/The Guidance Center Early Head Start
- Open Center Preschool Program
- Somerville/Cambridge Head Start
- Somerville High School Child Care Center
- Somerville Public Schools – Capuano Early Childhood Center and West Somerville Neighborhood School
- Somerville YMCA Preschool Program
In West Springfield:
- Playgroups organized by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement program managed by the West Springfield Public Schools
To learn more about how to bring Raising A Reader MA to your community-based program or town, please download our two page overview of Raising A Reader MA’s Direct Versus Indirect Service Delivery Models, or contact Sara Pollock DeMedeiros, Director of Program and Evaluation, at firstname.lastname@example.org.