RAISING A READER

RAISING A READER

The Atlanta Affiliate of NBCDI is excited to join the Raising A Reader Affiliate Network.  This network is a national network of early literacy leaders pursuing a collective mission: to engage families in a routine of a daily “book-cuddling” with their children to foster healthy brain development, parent-child bonding, and early literacy skills critical for school success.  Raising A Reader Affiliates leverage the work of the Raising A Reader National Staff and other Raising A Reader Affiliates nationwide by sharing funding, best practices, research, evaluation results and more.

The BCDI-Atlanta will work with a local childcare provider to implement the Raising A Reader (RAR) program for the 2012-2013 school year.  This exciting opportunity has great benefits and follows the core model of RAR.

Some experiences of our Atlanta Project include:

  • Each child of the selected 4 year old classes  gets to rotate bags with 4 books home every week
  • Parents  have the opportunity to attend trainings that include interactive book sharing/read aloud skills
  • Connections with Libraries
  • Reading celebration events
  • Professional Development for Teachers

RAISING A READER THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK

Raising A Reader’s Theory of Change is a theoretical framework informed by research which forms the basis of the performance expectations and anchor behaviors.

The Theory of Change asserts that:

IF:

The child drives the process and the red book bag and books become a favorite toy;

Program implementers learn how to train parents in read-aloud strategies and early brain development;

The book bag delivery system is turn-key: a simple sustainable routine that is easily managed in a number of diverse settings;

Parents learn and engage in “read-aloud” strategies and develop regular routines of book cuddling

And

Families get to know and use their local library, drawn in by the child and the power of the Blue Library Bag;

THENChildren will enter kindergarten with a love of books and ready to learn to read.