Reach Out and Read

A great nonprofit that works with clinics and medical providers to promote literacy in children 6 months to 6 years. They provide free books to in-need children during yearly pediatric exams.

From the Colorado Reach Out and Read mission statement:

Reach Out and Read prepares Colorado’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Reach Out and Read trains doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and to give books to children at pediatric checkups from 6 months to 5 years of age with a special focus on children growing up in poverty.

Reach Out and Read serves 4.1 million children annually. They have “thousands of doctors and nurses promote early literacy and school readiness to young children and their families in all 50 states. Each year, medical providers at the nearly 5,000 Reach Out and Read program sites nationwide distribute 6.5 million books to children and invaluable literacy advice to parents.”

Reaching children through their healthcare provider is an ingenious solution, as seen by this graphic on the Reach Out and Read website:

“Nearly 90% of all young children see a child health provider at least annually for a check-up, while less than one-third are in any childcare setting, the next most common contact with a formal service system.”

The Reach Out and Read Colorado branch has a powerpoint from one of their conferences. It has plenty of great resources and information. It can be found here.

Find their website here.


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