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Raising A Reader

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The first five years of a child’s life are the most important for developing a passion for books and learning. Sharing and reading books with children from infancy to age five prepares them for kindergarten and establishes a foundation for lifelong learning. As a parent, you have the strongest influence in motivating your child to fall in love with books and to become a good reader when he or she begins school.

Create a Bright Future for Your Child

Children who learn to love books at an early age are better prepared for learning when they start school. Your enthusiasm and positive attitude about reading will deepen your child’s interest in books and make early learning fun. Raising A Reader helps you to help your child establish a solid foundation for success in school, work and life!

To participate in the Raising A Reader program, contact your child’s preschool teacher, child care provider, or community family center; or you can contact Ann Mares, RAR Coordinator, at (707) 252-8931, ext. 2842, or jmares@childstartinc.org.

Raising A Reader Inspires Early Learning

  • Stimulates infant, toddler and preschool development through talking, reading aloud, and singing
  • Supports sensitive, nurturing parent-child interactions
  • Builds child’s awareness of spoken and written language
  • Expands vocabulary, knowledge, imagination, and creativity
  • Enhances children’s ability to listen
  • Promotes self-confidence and teaches responsibility
  • Provides an easy and convenient way to bring books into the home
  • Helps parents feel confident about the quality and variety of available books
  • Provides multi-cultural books in English and Spanish
  • Encourages a family routine of having more “special time” together
  • Strengthens partnerships between parents and teachers