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Raising A Reader Program

Supported by the United Parcel Service (UPS) Foundation, BCDI-Chicago has partnered with the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) and Raising A Reader (RAR) to implement their award-winning early literacy program, Raising A Reader. This program is proven to support families in understanding the importance of regular “book sharing,” fostering children’s love of reading and promoting at-home literacy routines. The goal of this partnership is to empower Black families with effective and practical knowledge, tools, and resources to equip their young children with the early language and literacy skills needed to ensure their early academic success.

Raising A Reader provides participating children with award-winning books to bring home, read, and rotate on a weekly basis, exposing them to over 100 books on average per rotation cycle. Participating parents and caregivers also receive training in and resources on research-based practices to promote early literacy development and active family engagement. During the program, families are connected with their local public library and children receive a blue book bag to continue to promote the practice of borrowing, reading, and sharing books beyond the program while fostering a lifelong love of reading.

BCDI-Chicago's Raising A Reader program currently serves children from birth through Kindergarten. In 2017, our Affiliate plans to extend the program to the suburbs of Ford Heights and Riverdale.