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Raising a Reader Reading Now Matters Later

What matters most for your child’s school success?


Your voice, your home, your family can do more to help a young child be ready for reading than any teacher or school.   Children whose families talk with them, share stories with them, and read with them will have more knowledge and skills when they begin school than those who don’t—and that’s important.  Very often those who start school behind never catch up.

Helping You Raise A Reader

The struggles parents and families face are real.

“Where do I find the time?”
“My child won’t sit still.”
“We can’t get to the library.”
“I don’t want my child to learn my bad habits.”

Raising a Reader can help. Raising A Reader’s award-winning program does more than tell parents what “should” be done it can help overcome the challenges .  Each week Raising A Reader rotates a bright red bag filled with high quality children’s books into homes making access to books convenient.  Raising A Reader also works with agencies to support families as they build the habit of “book cuddling.”

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The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. The 2013 Week of the Young Child™ is April 14–20 and the theme is Early Years Are Learning Years®.

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Raising A Reader (RAR) is a national nonprofit organization that has helped families successfully build and sustain literacy routines in their homes since 1999.

RAR operates through a robust network of over 2,500 community partners (including school systems, libraries and community agencies) across 30 states. Last year, the organization served over 111,000 children and families, nearly 75% of whom lived at or below the poverty level, and more than half of whom were English language learners. Since its inception RAR has reached over 700,000 children throughout the country.