Throughout the summer, apartment communities around the state held Raising a Reader programs in community spaces. These reading programs for young children help them learn from their parents how to read and develop a love of books, help little ones before they enter kindergarten and when school and preschools are on break.
After a busy summer, apartment managers are submitting their final reports about the program’s impact and ideas for enhancements. The stories appear to go far beyond just reading programs. Residents and managers report seeing new friendships and relationships form among neighbors. Residents know their community managers better, and people feel more connected to their communities. All of this helps build safer communities.
Some managers brought in local librarians to share how families can use local libraries to continue reading programs at home. Others are adding communities to their programs and expanding their reach to residents around Arizona. Some communities run this literacy program year-round, and managers have added their own flair by using holiday or seasonally themed books to keep young kids excited about learning.
Upon completing this 8-10 week proven national literacy program, kids graduated the program with new book bags ready to take to daycare, the library or home where they can continue to read with their parents.
If your apartment community doesn’t yet have a Raising a Reader program in place, inquire about this with your manager. The AMA offers trainings year round to educate community managers on how to implement the program on-site using their tools. Our Train the Trainer program is free and open to member management companies.