Contra Costa County
First Five Contra Costa
When Raising a Reader began in Contra Costa in 2003, the program served 150 families as an integral part of school readiness activities. In 2010, they anticipate serving nearly 2,000 children through family resource centers, home visiting programs, family child care and preschool centers, and family literacy programs. Raising a Reader is not only a fundamental tool used by a variety of First 5 funded programs to increase family engagement in their child’s learning, it is a pivotal part of Early Childhood programs’ facilitated quality improvement activities. To support this program please contact Debi Silverman or call 925.771.7333.
Contra Costa County Community Services Bureau
Contra Costa County Community Services Bureau has been providing the program in the community since 1999. In 2010, they anticipate serving 2,200 children ages 0-5 years through center-based care, home-based and family child care programs. To support this program email Stephanie Seaborg or call 925.383.4913.
Raising A Reader in Marin county is hosted by Parent Services Project. They have been providing the program to over 60 sites and over 100 classrooms since 2005. In 2011, they anticipate serving over 2,000 children through Marin Head Start and Early Head Start, subsidized child care centers, family daycare providers, school readiness playgroups, and kindergarten programs. To support this program visit the Parent Services Project web site or email Amy Griffin Vieira.
Napa and Solano Counties
The Raising A Reader Program operated by Child Start serves children and families in Napa and Solano Counties. Thanks to the generous start-up funding from local donors through the Napa Valley Community Foundation, Raising A Reader started in 2002 with three partner agencies in Napa County. As more resources became available, Raising A Reader continued to reach growing numbers of children in Napa County and expanded to serve Head Start and Early Head Start families in Solano County. Today they serve 2000 at-risk families annually.
Child Start currently partners with thirteen community agencies severing children birth to five utilizing the RAR Program. Children and families are served in preschool settings, home visit programs and parent education programs offered at local family centers.
San Mateo County
Raising A Reader San Mateo County, founded in 1999, is hosted by Silicon Valley Community Foundation. In 2010, they anticipate serving 5500 children through child development centers, family day cares and home visiting programs. To support this program, please email Pat Flynn Sasso, Raising A Reader Initiative Officer, or call 650.450.5494.
Santa Clara County
Since 2003, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County has hosted Raising A Reader in the Franklin McKinley School District and in West San Jose including the Luther Burbank Community. In 2010, they anticipate serving 300 children at the FIRST 5 funded Family Resource Centers. For these families, Raising A Reader serves as an interactive family literacy program for children who have not had an opportunity to attend preschool. Additionally, they support 50 preschool and home day care sites with RAR. To learn more about this program or provide support please email Michelle Wexler or call 408.200.0981.
Santa Cruz County
Raising A Reader in Santa Cruz County is hosted by Pajaro Valley Unified School District. They have been providing the program in over 200 sites since 2006. In 2010-11, they served 5,394 children through various family focused programs (childcare centers, home visitors, etc). To support this program please email Jennifer Robinson or call 831.786.8274.