Mission: Raising Readers in Wyoming encourages parents to read to their young children by providing beautiful new books as part of the well child health care visits.
Success: Since 2002, more than 412,914 books have been distributed in all 23 Wyoming counties through our program. (August 2017 report)
History: In response to the leading research on early brain development, the Governor's Early Childhood Development Council adopted Raising Readers in Wyoming in 2002. This program encouraged parents to care for both mental and physical well-being by reading to their young children and getting them age-appropriate immunizations. PacifiCorp Foundation for Learning (the philanthropic arm of Pacific Power) was looking for an early childhood literacy program to fund in the states served by Pacific Power.
Raising Readers became an independent non-profit in 2005.
A grant was written by the Department of Family Services to PacificCorp Foundation for Learning and was awarded to the Raising Readers in Wyoming program. Child Development Services of Wyoming, Inc. was chosen as the grant administrator and provided an incubator for the program during its first three years.
Raising Readers in Wyoming is modeled after raising readers, a health and literacy program administered by MaineHealth in collaboration with EMHS and fully funded by the Libra Foundation.
Board of Directors:
Tim Sheppard, Board President. Cheyenne
Michael Fox, Board Treasurer. Natchitoches, LA
Jeff Collins, Member. Cheyenne
Don Dorn, Member. Newcastle
Sherri Geringer, Member. Cheyenne
Kristeen Hand, Member. Jackson
Kaya Reed, Member. Lander
Richard Skatula, Member. Casper
Erin Swilling, Member, Cheyenne
Lynn Van Over, Member, Rock Springs
Lisa Taylor, Cheyenne