Early literacy:
Overview

Cause for concern

More than 30 percent of Wisconsin children enter kindergarten without the skills they need to learn to read. Studies show that 88 percent of these children never catch up. Children living in low-income families are particularly at risk. Learning to read impacts more than just a child’s school performance. It impacts rates of youth school retention, juvenile delinquency and teen risk behaviors.

Our role

The Alliance manages the statewide coalition of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin, a partnership with American Family Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Reach Out and Read is a national, evidence-based early literacy program implemented in medical clinics during pediatric well visits.

Reach Out and Read Wisconsin provides technical assistance, quality assurance and book support to participating programs, and works to expand the number of clinics participating. The 101 participating programs provide early literacy guidance and support services to more than 46,000 children and families a year and distribute more than 89,500 new, developmentally- and culturally-appropriate books each year.

2012 Reach Out and Read video.

Reach Out and Read Wisconsin Coalition staff and advisory council members.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, please contact Karin Mahony, at (608) 890-6760.

Reach Out and Read National Center

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How to start a Reach Out and Read Program

Did you know...

$50 will help purchase books for one child participating in Reach Out and Read.

Reach Out and Read Wisconsin is sponsored by American Family Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

We would also like to thank the following organizations for their generous support.

  • Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Oscar G. & Elsa S. Mayer Family Foundation
  • Scholastic Inc.
  • State of Wisconsin Read to Lead Development Fund
  • UW Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Pediatrics