Reach Out and Read Wisconsin (ROR) is excited to have been chosen by Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) as their spring membership drive’s thank you gift. When you make a monthly pledge of $10 or more to WPR, you are eligible to select the ROR thank you gift, which provides three new, high quality and developmentally appropriate books for young children throughout Wisconsin. The drive runs from Tuesday through Saturday this week.
4 reasons why you should donate this week:
- ROR Wisconsin programs work with kids ages 6 months to 5 years. Providing books during this time delivers the most impact because it’s when their brains are growing most rapidly! 95% of the brain is developed by age 6.
- Support medical providers as they build parents’ skills by talking about practical ways to read aloud with their kids and early literacy’s impact on future development.
- ROR Wisconsin’s impact is statewide so the books you buy will help communities throughout Wisconsin.
- WPR typically spends 10% of your donation on thank you gifts. By selecting the ROR thank you gift, WPR is only spending 6.7% of your donation. This means more of your money stays with WPR to help support high quality radio programming.
Interested in making a pledge? Click here. Thank you.
To learn more about ROR Wisconsin and the impact of our work, please visit our website.
2017 is coming to an end and with that we want to take some time to reflect on the great accomplishments of the past year. Accomplishments which include hiring our third staff member, Amber Bloom, MSW, CAPSW, to provide assistance to clinics in the eastern part of the state. For our outstanding contributions to children in Wisconsin, we were awarded a Friends of Education award by State Superintendent Tony Evers. Additionally, we are the seventh largest Reach Out and Read affiliate in the country with more than 210 programs. Our other metrics keep growing as well:
- We are serving 8,000 more kids than last year
- 30 new clinics started a ROR program in 2017
- 1,500 medical providers participate
- More than 150,000 books distributed this year alone
- Serving 1 in 5 children younger than age 6 in the state
Our growth and expansion continues but we cannot do it without your support. ROR is not just valuable to the kids who receive a new book; it supports parents as their child’s first teacher and helps medical providers do their job more effectively.
Hear why founding ROR Wisconsin medical director, Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD thinks you should support our state office:
As an affiliate, we are doing well but your support can help us reach even more Wisconsin children in 2018.
On Sept. 21, Reach Out and Read (ROR) Wisconsin was honored by State Superintendent Tony Evers with a Friend of Education award. This award was presented during the annual State of Education address. ROR Wisconsin was one of five organizations or individuals recognized for making outstanding contributions to children in Wisconsin.
ROR Wisconsin’s goal is to prepare all children for kindergarten by emphasizing early literacy during the first five years of life. Research shows 95 percent of brain development happens before age 6. ROR capitalizes on this by partnering with clinicians to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.
Part of ROR Wisconsin’s success is due to the cost effectiveness and scalability of the evidenced-based model. Two other factors that have also contributed to the success are founding project manager, Karin Mahony, MEd, MSW and medical director, Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD. Both have worked tirelessly to promote and implement the program to more than 200 clinics throughout the state. ROR Wisconsin now touches the lives of 20 percent of children younger than age 6.
Mahony, who accepted the award on behalf of ROR Wisconsin, said the award, “… speaks to a greater understanding that success in school has its underpinnings in supporting parents as their child’s first teacher.” She is also hopeful that the recognition will increase the awareness of ROR’s work in the state.
ROR Wisconsin staff continue to work with our clinics to support the highest quality early literacy promotion throughout the state. By 2020, ROR Wisconsin hopes to reach 30 percent of Wisconsin kids younger than age 6.