Opening books, changing lives
Why a Reading Connection?
Supporting our community starts with the children. Over 120,000 metro DC children live in poverty, and at age 4 can be 18 months behind in language development. They enter kindergarten at a disadvantage and they may live in "book deserts," where there is only one children's book available to every 300 children.
Time spent reading and access to books can make all the difference between academic success or failure. For over 27 years, The Reading Connection (TRC) has been reading with kids who have no one else to read to them and giving books to kids who have none.
The Reading Connection is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children and families by helping them create and sustain literacy-rich environments and motivation for reading. This mission is accomplished by:
- Volunteers who read aloud to children at shelters and community centers,
- Donations that provide children with free, new books to keep,
- Workshops that help parents encourage reading and literacy development and
- Training for family support workers who promote the importance of reading.
Hear one of TRC's long-term client families describe TRC's impact.