Raising A Reader Receives a Grant From W.K. Kellogg Foundation to Expand High Quality Educational Services to Communities Of Color

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Raising A Reader, received a $400,000 multi-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to provide young children and their families from communities of color with further opportunities to engage through reading.

We are delighted with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s investment in Raising A Reader.

Raising A Reader, a national nonprofit organization offering local agencies an evidence-based early literacy and parent engagement program, announced today that it has received a $400,000 multi-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to provide young children and their families from communities of color with further opportunities to engage through reading.

“We are delighted with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s investment in Raising A Reader,” said Gabrielle Miller, Ed.D, national executive director of Raising A Reader. “The award recognizes our evidence-based model and is crucial to our efforts to help close the educational gap among communities of color as we expand the program across the nation."

The Raising A Reader program helps families develop a regular book sharing routine at home, by rotating bright red bags filled with award-winning books into the homes of pre-school and kindergarten children on a weekly basis. Parents are coached on effective ways to read with their young children and stay involved in their education. At the culmination of the program, children receive a blue library bag to further foster the practice of borrowing books and family book sharing – or “book cuddling.” The Raising A Reader program is managed locally by affiliates, a diverse set of agencies in local communities, and is one of the most cost-effective of its kind, with an average cost of $35 annually per child throughout a five-year period.

"Raising a Reader focuses on parent-child bonding, using book reading as a mechanism," said Dr. Huilan Krenn, a program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. "We know early literacy is fundamental to a child's readiness for school, grade-level reading by age 8 and later school success; we also know that quality interactions between a child and the parent provide a solid foundation for the child's emotional and social development. Raising a Reader combines both beautifully. Our grant support will strengthen the organization's capacity to serve more children, particularly children in communities of color where there is inequitable access to information and high quality resources."

Raising A Reader is a nonprofit organization offering local agencies an evidence-based early literacy and parent engagement program that has demonstrated to improve the reading readiness skills of children from birth to age five. With research showing the educational and economic importance of investing in high-quality early learning programs, Raising A Reader has set a long-term goal of reaching one million children and families. The organization serves 110,000 children through its 2,500 affiliate sites across the country, and since its founding has reached more than 700,000 children working with organizations such as United Way, Head Start, home visiting programs and school districts. For more information about Raising A Reader, please visit raisingareader.org.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, wkkf.org, established in 1930, supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and southern Africa.

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