Prescribe a book. Change a life!
Start a Reach Out and Read program today. Any clinic providing well-care to children
birth through 5 years is invited to join.
Why Start a Reach Out and Read Program?
Reach Out and Read is a Clinical Best Practice
The American Academy of Pediatrics’ 2014 policy statement on Literacy Promotion describes the promotion of early literacy development as an essential component of primary care pediatric practice.
Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents recommends anticipatory guidance on reading aloud from birth to 5 years and endorses Reach Out and Read.
Reach Out and Read Enhances Clinic Workflow
Providers use books as developmental assessment tools to make the well-child visit more efficient, organic and fun.
Reach Out and Read Empowers Parents
By supporting parents as their child’s first teacher, you can leverage your trusted relationship to strengthen families and communities.
Reach Out and Read Buffers Toxic Stress
Providers promote parental skills and capacities around shared reading activities, enhancing relationships that can alleviate adverse childhood experiences.
Reach Out and Read Impacts the Social Determinants of Health
The number one indicator for adult health is literacy. Make Reach Out and Read a standard of care and help your pediatric patients become healthy adults.
The Reach Out and Read Model
Parents are Encouraged
Primary care clinicians, trained in the developmental strategies of early literacy, encourage parents to talk, sing, play and read to their babies and offer age-appropriate tips
Children Receive Books
Children leave the well-child visit with a new developmentally-appropriate book to take home and enjoy again and again
Literacy is Promoted
Clinics create a culture of literacy promotion with displays, local literacy resources and gently-used books in waiting and exam rooms
“Incorporating Reach Out and Read was very easy… it aligns with what we were already doing to promote overall health and well-being for our patients”
— Medical Provider, Appleton, WI