Raising A Reader (RAR) came to 1,000 children in Baltimore, Maryland in 2011 thanks to a generous gift from Target corporation. The very next year, RAR was awarded a federal grant that aimed to bring the program to 12,000 children in Baltimore City Schools. After seeing the success of the program, Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) incorporated RAR into its Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant as an evidence-based method for family engagement. Today, RAR serves 15,000 families across 13 diverse districts and five Head Start grantees in all geographical corners of the state.
Read about the impact Raising A Reader had in Maryland during the 2015-16 school year here: MSDE Evaluation Report.