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Deutsche Bank Americas expands Raising A Reader through preschool programs in the New York area.

In 2010, Children’s Aid Society (CAS) became a Raising A Reader Affiliate that served one preschool site in East Harlem, New York. With a generous grant from Deutsche Bank in 2012, numbers increased to 315 children in Washington Heights, New York. The support not only allowed CAS to expand the program but also hire interpreters for parent nights and translate materials into less common Spanish dialects. In the Washington Heights community, where there is a high Latino population with 75% of the families speaking Spanish, the translators made the parent workshops a success. One parent from PS 5 Head Start shares, “The program is great. We read the books and then we discuss the stories together. We also love the fact they are bilingual.”

In the most recent parent pre/post surveys, there was a statistically significant increase in the amount of time spent reading together and the amount of books read between adult and child.  Results from the surveys also revealed a 19% increase in the level of parent awareness regarding the importance of home literacy.

In Fall 2015, the partnership continued with 200 additional children in the Bronx. With the Deutsche Bank’s support, more than 1,000 children and families have already participated in the program. One parent mentions, “I really like the red bags and the books. We read every afternoon and since having the bags we read more often. We love having a variety of books.”

If you are located in New York and want to support Raising A Reader in your community, volunteers and guest readers are appreciated in preschool classrooms.

If you want to get involved, contact volunteer@raisingareader.org.

For more information on Children’s Aid Society, visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.

Raising A Reader has been great. It’s helped us bond and what I love most about it is the different selections.

PS 152 Early Head Start

New York

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