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Christine Ward Appointed Executive Director

October 10, 2017 – Raising A Reader MA, the premiere and proven solution in parent engagement and early literacy, today announced that Christine Ward, an early literacy advocate, has been appointed as its new Executive Director. Ms. Ward will lead the organization’s charge to improve the reading readiness of children from birth to age six. […Read More]

Raising a Reader MA and UniFirst Announce Partnership to Support Early Literacy

Raising A Reader Massachusetts (MA) and UniFirst Corporation have announced a new partnership to bring the signature Red Bag Book program to UniFirst employees, providing them with access to children’s books at no charge and the opportunity for parents to learn interactive dialogic reading techniques, regardless of their reading level. Please read the UniFirst news release for […Read More]

Rodman Rider of the Week: Michael Dakers

With the ride just a little over a week away, we’re excited to feature one of our virtual riders, Michael Dakers. Mike is a member of our Emerging Leaders group, and is working on his MBA at Boston College. He has this to share: “This is my first time participating in the Rodman ride and […Read More]

Rodman Rider of the Week: Ja’so Shotts

We’re just under a month out from the Rodman Ride and it’s time to feature another of our volunteer riders! Ja’so Shotts is a partner at Ironside Insurance Group and the treasurer of Raising A Reader MA’s Emerging Leaders Board. He’s participating in the Rodman Ride for the second time this year. Here’s why: “I […Read More]

Rodman Rider of the Week: Josh Schaer

Raising A Reader MA is a proud participant of the Rodman Ride for Kids. Our riders will ride 25, 50, or 100 miles on September 23rd and have been hard at work fundraising in our honor. Even better, the funds they raise will be matched by the Rodman Ride by 3%. Each week until the […Read More]

RAR MA’s Parent Liaison graduates from Commonwealth Seminar

Guadalupe Panameno, our Parent Liaison leading the Parent Ambassador program for Greater Boston, recently participated in a highly competitive six week program at the MA State House. Guadalupe learned important tactics and information about policy and advocacy, which she will bring to our Parent Ambassadors and our staff. Congratulations Guadalupe!

TWO Senior Program Managers recognized by Commission on Status of Women

We are beyond proud to congratulate not just one, but TWO of our amazing Senior Program Managers for recognition by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW)! On April 25th, Pioneer Valley Senior Program Manager Francia Wisnewski was sworn in as a Regional Commissioner for Hampshire-Franklin County. Members are appointed to conduct ongoing […Read More]

Thank you, Barr Foundation!

Raising A Reader MA is a proud recipient of a generous grant from the Barr Foundation to continue helping families of young children from birth through age six to build a culture of literacy at home and develop the literacy skills they need for reading success. Read more:

WCVB-Channel 5 Features RAR MA Brockton Program Manager

When should you starting reading to kids? “Starting at birth,” says Maria Mombeleur, Raising A Reader MA’s Brockton Regional Program Manager. This past weekend, Mombeleur was featured on WCVB’s “CityLine.” Watch Maria talk about how the program works, dialogic reading and the importance of reading to kids as early as possible.