Daniels Fund grant supports Raising a Reader | PostIndependent.com

Daniels Fund grant supports Raising a Reader

The area Raising A Reader program has received a $25,000 Daniels Fund grant to support its weekly book bag distribution to 1,800 children from Aspen to Parachute, and to expand its parent training programs.

Since its inception in 2004, Raising A Reader Aspen-Parachute has built a network of early literacy support for children under age 6. The organization provides a regular book bag rotation that equips preschool children with four books each week to share with parents and family.

The organization also provides parent training and support to increase at-home engagement and understanding of the critical role parents play in preparing a child for reading and academic success.

“Research shows that early literacy skills such as vocabulary, phonemic awareness and alphabet knowledge at entry into kindergarten are strongly correlated with reading success in high school and the likelihood a child will attend college,” said Rick Blauvelt, the organization’s executive director.

“Our weekly book bags and parent training programs ensure that children enter kindergarten better prepared for reading success, and consequently, better equipped for success throughout their academic career,” Blauvelt added.

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For more information on Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute, visit http://www.earlylearningfund.org.

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