The Reading Connection
The Reading Connection (TRC) is a 501(c)(3) organization that improves the lives of at-risk children and families in the Washington DC metro area by helping them create and sustain literacy-rich environments and motivation for reading. The organization grew out of the beliefs that
• Positive experiences with books can unlock a lifelong love of reading
• A passion for reading opens young minds up to learning
• Reading empowers at-risk kids to reach their full potential
• Adults can demonstrate the power and joy of reading by acting as reading role models
Years of literacy research has shown that hearing books read aloud and having books in the home are the two greatest multipliers of academic success for at-risk children. Thus TRC’s programming focuses on providing read-aloud experiences for kids living in shelters and transitional/affordable housing, on building their home libraries and on providing training to the significant adults in their lives.