RAR Press Release
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VALLEY WIDE PARTNERSHIP EXPANDS “RAISNG A READER” LITERACY PROGRAM TO 1,500 PRESCHOOL CHILDREN IN 90 CLASSROOMS FROM ASPEN TO PARACHUTE For Immediate Release September 2008 Raising A Reader, a powerful early childhood pre-literacy program, targeting the ages of birth to 5 years old is successfully entering its fifth year of bringing Raising A Reader “Read to Me” red bookbags to 1500 children in 90 classrooms from Aspen to Parachute. From October to May, red book bags filled with over 200 literacy-acclaimed books featuring appealing artwork, age-appropriate language and multicultural themes are rotated weekly by valley wide childcare providers. Children carry the book bags home and enthusiastically draw their families into sharing books with them. The result is an irresistible request, “Please read to me!” Raising A Reader offers children and their families an easy, fun, effective pre-literacy learning opportunity that develops the love of book which in turn fosters healthy brain development, family bonding and early literacy skills critical for kindergarten readiness, high school graduation and life- long success. The program involves preschools, child care centers, Head Starts, Even Starts and family childcare homes in the 10 communities of Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield Counties. The target is low income, children at risk; English is a second language and families with two parents working or single parent families. Raising A Reader is a research and proven-outcome based program that affects community change. The early childhood educators participating in the Raising A Reader program believe so much in the value and benefits the program offers they have made it an important part of their curriculum. The teacher’s express that Raising A Reader increases family involvement through books, inspires a child’s love of reading and makes kids feel responsible and in charge which builds their sense of confidence. In addition to carefully managing the weekly rotation and care of the books, they attend an annual Raising A Reader Teacher’s Orientation, host a Parent Literacy Night and schedule a spring library field trip. Jayne Poss, Raising A Reader Executive Director, “I have so much respect for the extra time, effort and commitment the teachers and their staff continually give to bring the red book bags to their classroom children. Raising A Reader is the vision of a growing group of valley wide funding partners who believe building literacy skills during the crucial preschool years will have a long term positive effect for the children and families of the Roaring Fork Valley. With independent research supporting the fact that the first five years of a child’s life are critical to establishing the foundation that will guide and direct them for the rest of their lives, this creative collaborative effort involving educators, children, families, libraries and funding partners will have a long term impact on the social, educational and economic vitality of our valley. For more information contact: Jayne Poss @ email@example.com or 970-925-6160 .