Empowering Families

Each year, Raising A Reader strives to empower families to create shared reading habits with their children.

In 2015 Raising A Reader reached its 1.5 millionth child…a milestone which represents the work of more than 200 affiliated agencies who, in turn, reach families through more than 2,700 locations across the nation. Each of these agencies has demonstrated their commitment to program fidelity, improvement and organizational growth.

On behalf of the board and the staff, we would like to thank all of the Affiliates, volunteers and supporters that helped us reach over 125,000 children in 2015. Raising A Reader is now a program which serves children aged 0-8, has a collection of nearly 2,000 carefully selected titles, and special collections in more than 12 different languages designed to reflect specific community needs. With a model which is based on peer-reviewed research, uses a practical but innovative ‘systems change’ theory of change, and a strong commitment to evaluation and program improvement, Raising A Reader holds a unique place in the nonprofit literacy world—a validated, scalable, and cost effective means to improve the literacy outcomes of participating children.

In 2016, Raising A Reader will continue to grow, learn, and develop new ways to help children and families build the literacy habits essential for reading acquisition that are likely to become habits essential for school success. All of Raising A Reader’s success is the result of our founders, founding donors, Affiliates, and most importantly, the families who respond when a child with a little Red Book Bag looks at them and says “Read to me…”

Gabrielle Miller, Ed.D.

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