Raising a Reader
Raising A Reader San Francisco, Alameda & Contra Costa Counties
Raising A Reader’s mission is to build early literacy through family engagement. Our programs support families to read with their young children from birth by providing access to high quality children’s books, training for parents, and support for early childhood educators. Studies have found that by age four, children in middle and upper income families hear 15 million more words than children in working-class families, and 30 million more words than children in families on welfare. This disparity in hearing words from parents and caregivers translates directly into a disparity in learning words. And that puts our children born with the fewest advantages even further behind.
Twenty-five years of research has shown that engaging families in daily book-sharing increases conversation between parent and child. These warm experiences foster brain development, build early literacy skills, strengthen social and emotional development, and lay the groundwork for a child’s academic success.
Each book shared brings the opportunity for new conversations and bonding between parents and children. The opportunity to talk about a giraffe doesn’t come up much if you live in the inner city, but through a book, the conversation can begin. Raising A Reader focuses on children from birth through age 6, and engages their families and educators with a school-to-home book-bag program that exposes children to new age-appropriate, multicultural and multi-lingual children’s books each week. Parent training and family literacy events combined with educator workshops and support, ensure development of regular home reading routines rich with opportunities for language and literacy development. Raising A Reader currently serves over 14,000 children and their families in San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties.
Please see our website www.rarbayarea.org, or use our QR code to “like” us on Facebook for more details and updates on community events. Contact Julie Barton to get involved! firstname.lastname@example.org.