My work has been involved with Reach out and Read for many years.
Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new developmentally appropriate books to children age 6 months – 5 years at their well exam. Doctors and nurses give advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud and also provide age appropriate tips and encouragement.
Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning at 6 months of age. The more than 4 million families served annually by Reach Out and Read read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed, with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and a six-month developmental edge over their peers.
It really is a great program. If you have children, please encourage your physician to become a Reach out and Read provider. It’s an invaluable service that they can provide to their patients and families.