Raising A Reader MA is an evidence-based early literacy program that seeks to close the academic achievement gap by helping families of young children (newborn to age 5) develop, practice, and maintain habits of reading together at home. Their work, which both increases access to books and offers families tools and resources to strengthen the culture of reading at home, is driven by 25 years of research that shows the single most significant factor influencing a child's academic success is being regularly read to by their parents and adult caregivers prior to entering kindergarten. Their goal is to end the cycle of low literacy by helping families across Massachusetts develop high-impact home reading routines that lay the groundwork for a lifetime of learning, success and productive, responsible citizenship.
Raising A Reader MA delivers its evidence-based program through partnerships with community-based early education centers and other organizations where families and children regularly receive education and family support services, thus strengthening the early education infrastructure. Launched in Springfield in September 2012, Raising A Reader MA is currently serving the families of 500 young children in Springfield through partnerships with HCS Head Start, Springfield Housing Authority, the Springfield Pregnant and Parenting Teen Project, and the Springfield Public Schools. Raising A Reader MA is currently funded through the collaborative efforts of the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, the Amelia Peabody Foundation, and the Springfield Public School's Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program.
For more information about Raising A Reader visit www.raisingareaderma.org.