Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute
- Community Non-Profit
- Education Services
The programs of Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute help families build common, everyday engagement practices at home to prepare children for reading success in school. Each week, 2,100 local children, age newborn to six, are provided a book bag with four books for read-aloud time at home. The books are returned each week and replaced with another set of four. Additionally, we facilitate 50 group parent sessions each year to cultivate strong read-aloud habits and deep verbal engagement bonds at home.
Approximately one-third of children are unprepared for kindergarten and the learn-to-read process because they lack the verbal skills gained through exposure to everyday language. These children require intensive intervention in school and too often do not catch up. As Nobel Prize winning economist, James Heckman, has said, “It is much more effective and cost efficient to create instead of remediate.”
Raising A Reader is addressing this achievement gap by strengthening the parent-child bonds that provide a powerful support system for a child's academic success -- an engaged, literacy-rich environment at home.
- 2,000 local children receive weekly book bags for read-aloud time a home
- 1,200 parents each year attend sessions to help them foster literacy-rich homes
- 65 library field trips provide families with connection to local libraries
- Read-aloud time and an abundance of talk at home are critical precursors for reading success.
- Children in low-income, low-education families often don't hear enough language.