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 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.
View our early literacy resources.
Difference in vocabulary size in children from low-income families can be measured as early as 18 months of age.
We would also like to thank the following organizations for their generous support.