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.
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 children served. More than 175 particpating clinics provide early literacy guidance and support services to more than 79,200 children and families a year and distribute more than 140,000 new, developmentally- and culturally-appropriate books each year.
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Reading a book with a child can be as simple as talking about the pictures.