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Raising A Reader: Early Literacy Program

Raising A Reader works to substantially increase the number of families who read 
with their children frequently and routinely, every week. 

About Raising A Reader

Raising A Reader is an evidence-based early literacy program helping young children (birth through age five) develop, practice, and maintain habits of reading together at home. 
Our core program model increases access to books and offers support for strengthening the culture of reading at home. This is driven by decades of research showing the most significant factor impacting a child’s academic success is being regularly read to by a parent or other primary adult caregiver before starting kindergarten.

How Raising A Reader Works

Raising A Reader is a child-driven program encompassing early childhood educators, parents, and librarians in a coordinated “read-aloud” effort utilizing the following principles:
The child drives the process:
Children’s excitement motivates the parents.
Program is turnkey:
Designed for easy implementation across diverse settings.
Early childhood professionals are trained in Raising A Reader methodology.
Parent engagement:
Parents learn how to effectively engage in read-aloud techniques.
Life-long love of reading:
Families are introduced to libraries, so that read-aloud behavior is sustained.

Reading to your child matters!

By reading to your child from birth, just 20 minutes a day, they accumulate about 600 hours of essential pre-literacy preparation before entering school. If that’s not enough, you will spend hundreds of hours bonding with your children! 

Bring Raising A Reader to your classroom

Interested in bringing the Raising A Reader program to your classroom? please contact Melissa Sampson at or call 360-786-8907 x146.


Updates & Upcoming Events

COVID-19 Agency Update

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Child Care Appreciation Day, May 8th
**Nominate your child care provider!**

If you would like to nominate your child care provider for a chance to win a $100 gift card for their classrooms*, please submit your nomination by May 7th:
*Please note, this contest is for Washington State licensed child care providers in Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap counties only.