Raising A Reader Program



Engaging Families Through Literacy!


Raising A Reader is an evidence-based early literacy and parent engagement program, demonstrated to improve reading readiness skills of children birth to age eight. 


Program Overview

  • Each week, children bring home a different bag filled with beautiful, high-quality multicultural books

  • Parents receive training in how to develop the habit of sharing books with their children

  • Families are given the resources, encouraged, and connected to the local library so they can sustain their family book sharing routines and foster early literacy in the home



United Way of the Desert now serves 310 low-income children

and their families in the Raising A Reader program!

  • The Family YMCA of the Desert’s
    Doris Mechanick Child Development Center

  • Martha’s Village & Kitchen Child Development Center

  • CVUSD's Peter Pendleton Elementary School

  • CVUSD's Valley View Elementary School




Evidence Based

Outcome data demonstrates that Raising A Reader effectively fosters family engagement and literacy behaviors, promotes connections with local libraries, and develops early language and literacy skills in young children.

Click here for the Raising A Reader FLYER

For more information on United Way of the Desert’s

Raising A Reader program, please contact:
Melanie Homec
760-323-2731 (ext.26)