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.
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
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.
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For more information on United Way of the Desert’s
Raising A Reader program, please contact: