We go beyond book access to deepen impact.
Our program team consists of seven dedicated staff located across the state who each possess a deep understanding of the local community. Each team member works with program partner staff to determine the best way to conduct the book rotation and parent/caregiver workshops.
Access to age-appropriate and culturally relevant books combined with coaching parents/caregivers on how to best engage children in books results in an increase in reading frequency, quality and ultimately, kindergarten readiness.
We are a collaborative program.
We partner with trusted community centers, like public preschools or adult learning centers, to provide our Red Book Bag rotation and parent/caregiver workshops where families are already going.
As each program partner is different, we tailor our program to the needs of the participating families, whether that is hosting a workshop in Arabic or washing the Red Book Bags in our own homes.
Some of our wonderful program partners!
Serving the communities that can benefit most.
We target our services to Gateway cities, which are defined by the state as having unrealized potential, and below median household income and educational attainment levels. These Core Communities receive hands-on attention from our Raising A Reader MA staff. We collaborate with allies throughout the community to build awareness about the importance of early literacy and parents’ critical role as their child’s first teacher.
Partner programs that are not based in our Core Communities can implement Raising A Reader MA’s evidence-based model by becoming a Satellite Partner. Through this delivery model, other programs can provide Raising A Reader MA programming to their children through a tailored train-the-trainer model. This model allows staff to implement our core program either within their own agency or with their own partners.
Boston • Brockton • Chelsea • Everett
Holyoke • Lawrence • Lowell • Lynn
Malden • Revere • Springfield
Somerville • Newton • Plymouth • Oxford
West Springfield • Worcester • Nashua
Let Us Know!
Contact Us with your organization name, location and age of children served.
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.
Hear from those who have experienced our program.
Our Community Ambassadors are people who have gone through our program and seen the benefits of the parent education with their own children or children they care for.
They now serve as volunteers to teach more parents about the dialogic reading techniques.