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.

Starting a New Program

Learn about starting a Reach Out and Read program at your clinic.

Application Process

Use this checklist to guide you through the Reach Out and Read Wisconsin application process.

Apply Now

Start your application at Reach Out and Read National Center.

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.

The Elephant in the Clinic  

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.

Harvard Center on the Developing Child – Toxic Stress

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

Contact Our Staff

For more information, please contact:

Karin Mahony, MEd, MSW
Project Manager
(608) 442-4160

Read Our Blog!

Learn more about early brain and literacy development on our blog, Books Build Better Brains.

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