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Joining CARA is easy!

To join online, just click on the logo below!

CARA and IRC membership is combined.

Please make sure to select CARA as your council!

Benefits of Membership

Membership in Chicago Area Reading Association provides valuable opportunities for professional learning in literacy education:

  • State Organization: Membership in CARA is combined with membership in the Illinois Reading Council - IRC membership includes access to Wednesday Webinars - high quality online professional development. IRC also hosts one of premier state conferences in the United States, with internationally recognized presenters!

  • Four quarterly newsletters and journals from IRC

  • CARA-sponsored conferences and workshops throughout the year to promote literacy

  • Networking: Meet and share information with other professionals who are interested in promoting literacy in the Chicago area.

  • CARA NEWS - Newsletter four times per year

  • Discount rates on all CARA conferences and functions

  • Opportunities for grants and scholarships to fund school and community literacy projects