Raising a Reader

“I consider the first three years of life to be our sweet spot… It is during these first three years of life that we – parents, caregivers, teachers, legislators, business leaders – can have a profound effect on a child’s future by ensuring that all children have opportunities to strengthen and exercise their growing brains, which will create a solid foundation for future success in school.” Donna DiFillippo, Executive Director, Raising a Reader MA.

To give every child an equal opportunity for achievement, Family ACCESS collaborates with Raising A Reader MA to deliver its signature “red bag” book rotation program and literacy instruction. By engaging parents in a routine of daily book sharing with their child from birth to age five, Raising a Reader fosters healthy brain development, parent-child bonding, and the early literacy skills essential for school success.

How parents read to children is as important as how often they read. Raising a Reader turns reading a story into an exciting interactive experience where adult and child switch roles – the child becomes an active participant in the storytelling with the assistance of the adult. Parents learn to interact with their child by asking simple questions about the story or the pictures in a book. Literacy specialists report that the program, “empowers parents who can or can’t read at any level to engage with their children over a book,” and “offers a new way for a parent to approach book sharing and reading time.”

To learn more about what’s available in your area, contact Jodi Levin or visit Family Access Community Connections.

“This is one of the most wonderful early education schools out there! My daughter is in her third year here and I couldn’t be more grateful for the amazing staff, administration, and board.”


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As we have for over 100 years, Family ACCESS empowers and strengthens families and the community by providing programs that nurture child development, promote effective parenting skills and supports working parents. Our new name reminds us of the doors that open, and the rich journeys that result, when children and families have access to the very best education-based resources and programs.

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