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The Make Reading First website was created in 2002 by a teacher, Janet Caruthers, Ed. S. (an Educational Specialist in reading). It was established after she became aware of the huge gap in the reading ability of her students.  She knew that there were things parents could do to lessen this gap, but these were known by reading teachers but not most parents. The website contains important word lists, reading information, tips and practical books to help parents help their children become great readers. Janet appeared on several television programs to give advice to parents and to promote her books.  She also presented her ideas and books at numerous teacher workshops. Children's Literacy Publications, Janet's publishing company,  has sold these books to parents, schools, teachers, school districts, grant recipients, and others across America and around the world. MakeReadingFirst.com is the official website for Children's Literacy Publications, founded in 2001 by Janet Caruthers, Ed. S.

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Janet Caruthers earned a B.A. degree from the University of South Florida in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. Years later she earned a M.S. degree in English and an Ed. S. (Educational Specialist) degree in reading from Nova Southeastern University. Her education, plus her 29 years as a teacher in Title 1 schools (including serving as an Academic Intervention Specialist), has given her first hand knowledge of what children really need to know to ensure they are successful readers. Janet has authored five books and a workbook series which focus on filling the vocabulary gap evident in many children today. In addition, she has authored all the tips and information on her website (www.MakeReadingFirst.com) which is dedicated to helping children become better readers.
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Richard “Rick” Chancey enjoyed a distinguished career that included serving his country in the Navy, working in Research & Development for Sperry Microwave, and working as Director of Manufacturing for AT & T Paradyne. After retiring, Rick began a proprietorship in family history research specializing in website design, publication graphics, and family research. In this capacity he developed a family website, in addition to writing and publishing a book on the history of his ancestral family. Rick’s association with Children’s Literacy Publications began several years ago in assisting them with their website designs. Since that time, in addition to his family research, he has worked closely with Children’s Literacy Publications producing multiple websites and publication graphics.

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This page last updated 09/18/2016