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Easter Seals North Georgia - Raising A Reader

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THE STORY:

Raising Over A Million Readers Since 1999
Help families of children aged 0-8 develop, practice and maintain home-based literacy routines critical for school success.

The research is clear — when families are involved, children’s academic achievement improves.

The proven, award-winning program helps families:

Understand why sharing books regularly matters
Excite children and families with award-winning books each week that build the book sharing routine
Establish connections to libraries to maintain literacy habits at home
Our Core Program: A Family and Community Partnership

Raising A Reader’s Core Program reflects its theory of change. Raising A Reader’s independent evidence demonstrates that the theory works.

Five Anchor Behaviors

child and father

The child drives the process. Who can resist a child asking to share a book? When a child is excited about books s/he will ask loved ones to share it over and over again.


implementers

Using a train-the-trainer model, program implementers are trained to communicate early literacy strategies to parents. Raising A Reader helps implementers (often teachers) work directly with parents and build strong communication.


Parents

Parents learn and engage in read-aloud strategies. Parent-friendly research-based practices are paired with an award-winning DVD to ensure all parents can share books with children. When children bring home the red bags filled with high-quality children’s books, parents are just as eager to see what’s inside and spend time sharing books together.


Bookbag

Raising A Reader’s book bag delivery system is turnkey, making implementation easy. The National Office production team works with each affiliate to identify collections that are right for each community. Books and materials arrive ready to use and can be enhanced with materials and online implementer resources to ensure successful implementation.


Going to the Library

Through ‘graduation’ events, visits to local and school libraries and the distribution of Raising A Reader’s blue library bags families utilize vital library resources, continue to borrow books and sustain reading routines they have established through the program.

At the cost of $160. per child per year (including shipment of books), we have 20 children per class and 10 classes per Child Development Center. We are raising enough funds for the entire Child Development Center at Sylvan Hills.

CHALLENGE:
Families with struggling readers are often unaware of the power of school and community connections.

SOLUTION:
Through the program families understand the support libraries can provide and learn to access community resources.
CHALLENGE:
61% of children who live in poverty have no books in their homes.
Educational Testing Service, 1999. America's Smallest School: The Family
SOLUTION:
Each week children in the Raising A Reader program take home 2-4 different books, exposing them to approximately 100 high quality children's books each year.
CHALLENGE:
When family involvement increases from kindergarten through third grade, children’s literacy achievement increases.
Dearing, Kreider, Simpkins, & Weiss, 2006
SOLUTION:
Our evaluations consistently show over a 30% increase in parent-child reading at home after “Read Aloud” sessions

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