Family Education and Literacy

Make Way for Books Family Education and Literacy Programs are two-generation programs where children and parents learn together each week through ongoing sessions in a group setting. Parents and caregivers gain skills, knowledge, and confidence as their child’s first, most essential teacher. Families receive books at every session. Young children are immersed in shared reading and literacy and language-rich interactions that build the emergent literacy and language skills they need to start school ready to read and succeed.

Raising A Reader (RAR)

Every week, MWFB brings together families at a number of apartment communities and neighborhood school locations for the national evidence-based early literacy program Raising A Reader (RAR). Each RAR session is a celebration of books and reading. Children experience the joy of books, and parents learn how fun and easy it is to share stories and do activities with their young children that support their emergent literacy and language development. 98% of participating parents reported that they shared books more often with their children following the RAR program, and 86% of parents reported feeling more confident in their role as their child’s first, best teacher.

"Before Raising A Reader, I tried to read to my daughter often, but it wasn’t until the program that I learned how to make the books come alive for her."

Make Way for Kindergarten

A part of our Neighborhood School Readiness Project, Make Way for Kindergarten helps children develop specific skills that teachers want them to have on the first day of school. During the summer prior to the start of kindergarten, families learn what they can expect in kindergarten, from daily routines to how to communicate with new school staff. Parents gain knowledge, resources, and confidence they need to support and advocate for their children in school!

Cover to Cover (C2C)

Cover to Cover is an "early literacy school without walls" that travels via book bus to meet families in places they already visit throughout their day. The program transforms these locations—such as social service agencies, laundromats, grocery stores, parks, food banks, etc.—into early literacy classrooms where children experience the joy of books while developing pre-reading skills. Parents learn how they can make reading a fun and meaningful part of their children's lives, everyday, everywhere.