Why Early Literacy
Over 30 years of research and 39 independent evaluations show that being regularly read to by a parent or caregiver before kindergarten is the most significant factor impacting a child’s academic success.
Our Mission is to close the literacy opportunity gap among children ages birth to age six in under-resourced communities by helping families develop and practice shared home reading habits.
We equip parents to be their child’s first teacher, empowered to be active participants in their child’s education, to make interactive reading a joyful and rewarding routine for all families, impacting success in school and beyond.
It Really Works!
Somaya, RAR-MA Parent
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Closing the Literacy
Raising A Reader MA partners with centers of early education and other community-based organizations to offer our evidence-backed dual intervention solution.
Book Bag Rotation
Our signature Red Book Bag rotation program allows each child to bring home a different bag of books each week, exposing him or her to dozens of classic and new titles throughout the year.
Our staff offers a series of individually tailored, evidence-based parent educational workshops that focus on discrete interactive reading strategies to strengthen the culture of reading at home.
SAVE THE DATE!
Our Dinner With an Author Gala returns May 11, 2023!
With authors William Martin; Ben and Tonya Mezrich; Dan Shaughnessy; Nadia Liu Spellman; Hank Phillippi Ryan – and more to come soon!
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Parents increasingly use dialogic reading strategies (such as asking questions and talking about new words) with their children after attending our workshops.
After participating in the Raising A Reader MA program, parents/caregivers consistently report increasing the number of times a week they read with their children.
By The Numbers
Caregivers who were not reading 3 times a week, report reading 3+ times a week.
Caregivers report using at least 3 new reading strategies with their children.
Partners report that families improve the way they share books together.
By age 3, children from economically privileged families have heard 30 million more word than children from low income families.
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