ACD RBL 2013-14 037
2016-2017 NUMBERS

OUR 2016-2017 RESULTS

Summary of Pre/Post Survey Results

Pre and Post Parent Engagement Assessment 2017 (Parents surveyed in September and May)

  • Read aloud sessions: The frequency of read-aloud sessions increased by 23 percent for all families and 29 percent for low-income families. Low-income families also increased the length of their read-aloud sessions by 27 percent.
  • Dialogic reading – Parents engage the child through questions and discussions about the book: Among low-income families, the number of parents who took time to ask questions and encourage discussion increased by 38%.
  • Child engagement in read-aloud sessions: Low-income families reported a 29 percent increase in the number of times their child wanted to take the lead – to read (from memory) a favorite story or make up their own story based on a book’s pictures.
  • Love of Stories: Twenty-seven (27) percent of parents reported a positive change in the frequency of their child’s request for a shared story.
  • Child’s Love of Books: In May, the number of parents who reported that books were one of their “child’s favorite things” increased by 15 percent.
  • Library use: In spring, 63 percent of low-income Raising A Reader families reported they were checking out library books with their child, an increase of 66 percent from September.
  • Kindergarten Engagement: Low-income parents of kindergarten students reported a 78 percent increase in the number of children who wanted to identify letters and words for mom and dad. Parents also reported a 177 percent increase in the number of children who wanted to “show off” their newly acquired ability to read simple sentences.


School District Kindergarten Assessment: In fall 2016, Garfield Re2 School District assessed its incoming kindergarten students using DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills): Among children who scored at or above “national expectations for reading success,” the percentage of prepared students in the Raising A Reader (RAR) cohort was 12 percentage points higher than those in the non-RAR cohort. Among those in the category “far below expectations,” the percentage of unprepared students in the RAR cohort was 10 percentage points lower than those in the non-RAR cohort.


The Numbers

  • 1,947 children and their families received a book bag every week during the school year with four books for read-aloud and book-sharing activities at home.
  • 1,286 parents attended at least one of 61 group parent sessions delivered by Raising A Reader staff concurrently in English and Spanish.
  • Eighty (80) children and their moms participated in weekly sessions in six low-income neighborhoods where children were not enrolled in preschool or any other formal child care. Each week, children participated in an activity, parents received guidance and families received books to take home.
  • Fifty-five (55) Blue Bag Library Day field trips introduced 700 children and their families to their local libraries. Children received their own Raising A Reader library book bag to keep, their first library card and the opportunity to check out their first library books.
  • Ninety (90) children attended a five-week summer Jumpstart program. Raising A Reader provided weekly book bags for all children and facilitated six parent sessions (two at each location). Program served at-risk children about to enter kindergarten.