Educational Institutions

Read-Aloud Delaware

  • Wilmington, DE
  • www.readalouddelaware.org

Mission Statement

Read Aloud Delaware is the only statewide organization focusing attention on the critical early years of child literacy. We promote reading aloud to preschool children in order to encourage a love of books and a desire to become a reader. We do this because there is a strong relationship between basic skill levels, teen parenthood and poverty. Our mission is to ensure that each preschool child in Delaware is regularly read to one-on-one.

Main Programs

  1. Volunteer Reading Program
  2. Parent Reading Program
  3. Care Giver Reading
Service Areas

Self-reported

Delaware

Read Aloud Delaware sends volunteers to kindergarten, Head Start and child care centers throughout the State of Delaware

ruling year

1987

Executive Director since 1995

Self-reported

Ms. Mary W. Hirschbiel

Keywords

Self-reported

reading, children, youth, education, Delaware, read aloud, children's books, child development, Baby's First Book, volunteers, volunteering

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EIN

51-0280486

 Number

3015694851

Physical Address

100 West 10th Street, Suite 309

Wilmington, DE 19801

Also Known As

RAD

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Volunteer Reading Program

Volunteers read aloud to one child at a time across the state of Delaware.  In 2009, the program incorporated:

- 88 childcare centers, Head Start programs, Kindergartens, 5 clinics & shelters.

- 623 volunteer readers

- 6,000 children read to regularly; 1,098 children read to in clinics & shelters.

- 66,161 individual reading sessions in centers; 2,849 sessions in clinics & shelters.

- 14,712 hours of volunteer reading time.

Category

Children & Youth (0-19 years)

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$383,650.00

Program 2

Parent Reading Program

Educates parents on the importance of reading to their children.  In 2009, the Program included:

- Baby's First Book:  Provided an age-appropriate book to 11,048 new parents, along with information on the importance of reading to a child from birth.

- Presentations:  Reached 9,713 parents through lectures, workshops, and community fairs.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

$20,000.00

Program 3

Care Giver Reading

Provides ideas and education for child care staff.  2009 achievements include:

- Annual Conference for 508 pre-school and early elementary school teachers and child care providers.

- In-service workshops for 318  childcare providers.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$25,600.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Delaware

Read Aloud Delaware sends volunteers to kindergarten, Head Start and child care centers throughout the State of Delaware

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Funding Needs

Read Aloud Delaware has budgeted expenses of approximately $355,000 per year (projected FY 2011), down from approximately $450,000 in FY 2009 in response to cuts in our state funding and curtailment of corporate and individual giving.  We have cut staff and operating expenses to the bare minimum, but further cuts will severely impact our ability to continue our programs in their current form.  We anticipate further cuts in state funding of as much as $20,000 to $30,000 in the upcoming fiscal 2011 (which begins July 1, 2010) and desperately need to replace those funds with individual and/or corporate giving, or face having to cut programs, impacting the children and communities we serve.

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Financials

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READ-ALOUD DELAWARE INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Read-Aloud Delaware

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Mary W. Hirschbiel

BIO

Ms. Hirschbiel began her career with Read Aloud Delaware in October 1988 as the part-time New Castle County Coordinator. During her tenure as Coordinator, Ms. Hirschbiel trebled the size of the program and the number of volunteers in New Castle County. She invented a system of volunteer site leaders that permitted the Site Leader to serve as a liasion with the Coordinator.

In July 1995, Ms. Hirschbiel became the Executive Director. As Executive Director, Ms. Hirschbiel has encouraged staff members to expand their county programs by utilizing the Site Leader model. Ms. Hirschbiel believes that volunteers can do anything if they are given a clear goal, necessary resources and support. Current programs benefitting from volunteer involvement at the Volunteer Reading Program, the Parent Empowerment Program, and program assessment.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

David Sheppard Esq.

Amerigas Propane, Inc.

Term: Oct 2009 - Oct 2011

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?