Caroline Expands “Raising A Reader” Program to Kindergartners

Caroline County Public Schools (CCPS) are expanding their Raising a Reader weekly program to reach the county’s public kindergarten students.

Caroline County public school kindergarten students will start receiving a Raising A Reader bag weekly filled with “great books to take home and share with their families.” Families ca then spend the week enjoying the books and reading with their kindergarten students, and on a day designated by their teachers, send the bag back to class to be refilled with new books for the next week.

The Raising A Reader program is a national incentive that “helps develop and reinforce early learning skills through investigation, critical thinking, imagination, and meaningful and fun family experiences. According to its website, “Raising A Reader’s mission is to engage caregivers in a routine of book sharing with their children from birth through age eight to foster healthy brain development, healthy relationships, a love of reading, and the literacy skills critical for school success.”

Caroline County participates in Raising A Reader’s Classic Red Book Bag Program to develop, practice, and maintain frequent reading habits, which, according to a county school system press release, “has been a big hit with Pre-K students, and CCPS is happy to be able to offer it to kindergarteners too.”