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Raising A Reader Program




Engaging Families Through Literacy!

Raising A Reader is an evidence-based early literacy and parent engagement program that has demonstrated it can 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.


Beginning in February, United Way of the Desert's partner sites will launch the program to serve 125 children, ages 3-5 years and their families in the Raising A Reader Program.

Current implementation sites include:

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

  • Martha’s Village & Kitchen Child Development Center


   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