Reach Out and Read prepares America's youngest children to
succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and
encourage families to read together.
The Reach Out and Read Model
Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals
incorporate Reach Out and Read's evidence-based, three-part model
into regular pediatric checkups:
- In pediatric exam rooms, trained doctors and nurses speak with
parents about the importance of reading aloud.
- At each regular checkup from 6 months through 5 years of age,
the child receives a new book to take home.
- Parents become more engaged and read to their children more
The program serves more than 4 million children and their
families across the nation, with a special emphasis on serving
those in low-income communities. Families served by Reach Out and
Read read together more often, and their children enter
kindergarten with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills,
better prepared to achieve their potential in school and
Reach Out and Read provides books for children in more than 14
languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish.
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