The Issue: Early Literacy Problems in Arizona
Forty-two percent of fourth graders in Arizona read below the basic level, according to 2011 Kids Count data. To address this critical issue, Southwest Human Development’s Raising A Reader program helps educate parents about the importance of early literacy skills and how they can build and improve these skills in their children. They accomplish this through a series of early literacy workshops and distribution of children’s books.
The Campaign: Provide Books for Children in Need
If this Grassroots campaign raises $600, then Southwest Human Development can contribute 120 books for three Raising A Reader programs. Each additional $200 raised will be used to provide 40 more books for another Raising A Reader program.
Raising A Reader is a national early-literacy program that helps low-income parents integrate books and storytelling into their family routines. Parents and children borrow more than 40 books during the eight-week program, and each participating child receives four new, age-appropriate books to keep at the end of the program.
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Southwest Human Development
Through its early-literacy and child health and development programs, disabilities services, and Head Start programs, Southwest Human Development serves 135,000 children and families each year. Now the state's largest early-childhood provider, the organization works with a mission to give all children the healthy foundation they need for an optimal start and a positive future via more than 40 public and private programs.