More Families Receive Specialized Supports to More kids to read and rise

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Research suggests that families are the most important influence on a child’s language and literacy development. That is why we are proud to continue to increase access to high-quality family literacy programs across our city, the latest being a $50,000 investment in the expansion of the Read and Rise™ program. Read and Rise™ is an evidenced-based program created by Scholastic® that fosters understanding about the family’s role in supporting language and literacy development by encouraging intentional use of literacy development practices in the home.

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Through a partnership with the Houston Area Urban League and HISD, more than 1,000 families will participate in a series of hands-on workshops to learn strategies for developing their child’s literacy skills and creating a text-rich home environment. During the workshops, families learn about the importance of reading together and receive the tools and resources to use at home with their children. “Thanks to the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, we will use Read and Rise to help families get their children ready to be College Bound, Corporate Found, and Community Sound,” said John Robinson, Houston Area Urban League Director of Education.

For the past 50 years, the Houston Area Urban League has provided education programs to empower individuals and families to thrive. “This grant fits into HAUL’s mission towards enabling people to secure economic self-reliance and educational parity by building their capacity in literacy and promoting access to education and training,” said Judson Robinson II, Houston Area Urban League Chief Executive Officer.