Human Services

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.

Reading aloud to children helps develop language skills, vocabulary, general knowledge of the world, imagination, problem solving and the desire to learn to read.

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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Also Known As

RAD

EIN

51-0280486

 Number

3015694851

Physical Address

100 West 10th Street, Suite 309

Wilmington, DE 19801

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

Self-reported by organization

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 Fiscal Year 2016, the program included:

- 87 childcare centers, Head Start programs, Kindergartens, 2 clinics & 2 prisons.

- 586 volunteer readers

- 5,617 children read to regularly; 1,286 children read to in clinics & shelters.

- 58,085 individual reading sessions in centers; 2,437 sessions in clinics & prisons.

- 12,586 hours of volunteer reading time.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

218,400

Program 2

Parent Reading Program

Educates parents on the importance of reading to their children.  In Fiscal Year 2016, the Program included:

- Presentations:  Reached 8,075 parents through lectures, workshops, and community fairs.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

20,000

Program 3

Care Giver Reading

Provides ideas and education for child care staff.  Fiscal Year 2016 achievements include:

- Annual Conference for 414 preschool and early elementary school teachers and child care providers.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

25,976

Service Areas

Self-reported

Delaware

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

Social Media

Funding Needs

Read Aloud Delaware has a pressing need to fund more staff. Currently, the Executive Director is serving as the New Castle County Coordinator and the Development Director. If we could add a Major Gifts Officer, we may be able to raise enough money to cover at least a part-time New Castle County Coordinator. In addition, our Sussex County Coordinator, who is running the program with the most growth potential, has only a volunteer to help with administrative tasks; Sussex County needs at least a part-time administrative assistant. We are currently working to redesign our website so that it is more interactive and better able to accept online donations.

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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 liaison 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 are the Volunteer Reading Program, the Parent Empowerment Program, and program assessment.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Thomas W. Black

Retired corporate treasurer

Term: Oct 2016 - Oct 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

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?