Raising A Reader (RAR-MA Inc.)

Parent engagement for early literacy

aka Raising A Reader Massachusetts   |   Boston, MA   |  www.raisingareaderma.org

Mission

Our goal is to close the literacy opportunity gap among children ages birth to age six in high-need communities by helping families develop and practice shared home reading habits.

Notes from the nonprofit

Raising A Reader MA Values Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Diverse by nature and inclusive by choice. Diversity is at the core of our Mission, Vision, and Values. We are an inclusive organization, at all levels. To us, this signifies a commitment to being a workplace that fully embraces and reflects the different cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints of our team and the community groups we serve. In our cross-cultural efforts to increase access to equity-building literacy interventions, our diversity and inclusion is a strength.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Ms. Christine Ward

Main address

3 School Street 3rd Floor

Boston, MA 02108 USA

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EIN

80-0297898

NTEE code info

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Parent Teacher Group (B94)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Working to end the literacy opportunity gap for children in Massachusetts by providing access to books and materials, and empowering parents to be their child's first teacher.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Red Book Bag rotation

Our signature Red Book Bag rotation program puts high quality, age and culturally appropriate books in the hands of families. By working with early education centers, like Head Start, we provide a Red Book Bag to every parent, caregiver or child that contains 4 books. Each week, they return the bags and receive 4 new books.

For many of our families, English is a second language. We provide age-appropriate books in multiple languages so that every family finds a story that it can relate to.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Our staff offers a series of individually tailored, evidence-based parent educational workshops that focus on discrete interactive reading strategies to strengthen the culture of reading at home. We hold the workshops at our program partners where parents and caregivers are already going to create and easy and comfortable learning environment.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families

Where we work

Awards

Mass Literacy Champions - Donna DiFillippo 2011

Mass Literacy Champions

2010 Top Non-profit 2010

Philanthropedia

Social Capitalist Award 2007

Fast Company

Guidestar Seal for Commitment to Transparency 2012

Guidestar

State Literacy Award - MA 2021

Library of Congress

Affiliations & memberships

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter 2011

Raising A Reader 2006

Boston Public Schools Opportunity Portfolio Partner in Literacy 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have access to critical early literacy supports

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status

Related Program

Red Book Bag rotation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In FY 2020, we served 7,524 children and families with critical early literacy supports through our family engagement program.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

End the cycle of low literacy in high-need communities across Massachusetts. Eliminate the literacy opportunity gap.

Work with families in under resourced communities to give them access to critical literacy supports that help ensure that every child enters Kindergarten prepared to succeed.

Our passionate program team members work within our communities to offer workshops (virtual and in-person) to parents to teach them the importance of reading aloud to their children and the techniques to do so, while rotating books to create a home library.

We have successfully implemented our core program model in 11 Gateway communities as well as Boston, and facilitate a train-the-trainer model with partners, serving an additional 24 communities. Annually, we show significant changes in both the frequency and quality of families' shared reading practices. We have not determined a sustainable strategy for measuring child growth over time.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Raising A Reader (RAR-MA Inc.)

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Gregg Dooling

Amundi Pioneer Asset Management

Term: 2018 - 2021

Francine Rosenzweig

Community Volunteer

Heather Dickinson

Deloitte

Jonathan Slawsby

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Justin Hayward

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Melissa Alexander

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Daryl Andrews

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Jonathan Nesbit

State Street Corp

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/24/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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