You can make a
difference this holiday season! Please join us in our
partnership with Barnes & Noble - together we can give the gift
of literacy to thousands of children in Connecticut and
Check out our video!
You can support our work through December 31 by
participating in Barnes & Noble's Holiday Book Drive!
Purchase a book at one of the following 19 Barnes & Noble
locations and it will be donated to Reach Out and Read Connecticut
In Massachusetts: Pittsfield, Bellingham,
Braintree, Walpole, Hingham, Cape Cod Mall, Millbury, Dartmouth,
Worcester, Prudential Center, Burlington, Framingham, Leominster,
Peabody and Saugus
In Connecticut: Manchester, Stamford, Canton
and West Hartford
Let's work together to ensure all of our children get a
bedtime story this holiday season! Thank you!
"Will I Get A Book
That's a question often heard by pediatricians in bustling
clinics throughout Greater Waterbury as they greet young children
for their checkups.
Much to the delight of children, the answer is nearly always
"YES!" thanks in part to Connecticut Community Foundation's grant
to Reach Out and Read, which gave 2,300 books to more than 1,150
children in Greater Waterbury through their medical providers in
2016. The brand-new, high-quality books are often classics, such as
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
Since many families served by Reach Out and Read can't get to a
library or afford books, often books received from their medical
providers are the only ones children have.
"The research is clear," says Christine Garber, director of
development for Reach Out and Read of Connecticut and
Massachusetts, "that, on average, the language skills of children
from low-income families are 12-14 months behind by the time they
get to kindergarten."
Reach Out and Read aims to change that through a proven approach
that taps into the trusted relationship among children, parents and
their medical providers and reinforces the idea that reading aloud
to young children 15-20 minutes per day is the best way to foster
early literacy skills.
They train medical providers in the region who treat
under-insured families and provide books for them to give to
children while educating parents on the importance of reading aloud
daily to their children.
"This is an invaluable 'win-win' opportunity to encourage the
family to read to their child, to discuss a child's development and
to create a home library for the child as he or she grows," said
Dr. Linda Matthew of Alliance Medical Group in Waterbury.
Angela Barrows, a physician's assistant at St. Mary's Hospital
in Waterbury, concludes, "When hardly a day goes by without a child
asking for a book, you know you have reached some level of
Yes, they have.
You can also read the article here.
2017 Wyntress Smith
Wyntress had a special way of making you feel as though you were
the only thing that mattered in her day. When she was with you she
gave you her undivided attention. As one coworker described her,
"Wyntress was unerringly serene and kind." Her serenity sometimes
masked her passion and her tireless work in her promotion of
literacy. Evening meetings, weekend seminars were her typical week.
And yet, she never missed an opportunity to sit down with a child
in a waiting room and crack open a book. In recognizing staff, who
"go above and beyond," the Wyntress Smith Award honors the memory
of someone very special to Reach Out and Read.
Brian Gallagher, Chief Executive
Diane Malcolmson, Chief Development Officer
Christine Garber, Director of Development, Connecticut and
Callee Boulware, Executive Director, Carolinas
Polly McClure, Statewide Coordinator, Alabama
Christine Garber, Director of
Development, Connecticut and Massachusetts
Callee Boulware, Executive Director, Carolinas
Amy Erickson, Executive Director, Georgia
Polly McClure, Statewide Coordinator, Alabama
Jill Sells, MD, Executive Director, Washington State
"A 12-Step Program for
Responding to President-Elect Trump"
Check out Reach Out and Read's latest mention in a New York
Times article by Nicholas Kristof!
#9. "I can support Reach Out and Read, an outstanding program
that helps at-risk kids learn to read," says Kristof as he
encourages us to each do what we can in our own lives to make sure
that the needy aren't forgotten in these uncertain times.
We are honored that Nicholas Kristof recognizes Reach Out and
Read's work supporting the strength and stability of families and
The Good News About Educational
A recent article in the New York Times Sunday Review
section cited Reach Out and Read as part of an important-and
encouraging-trend that is big news for children and parents in this
country. In this piece, the authors discuss the apparent paradox
that the performance gap between high-income and low-income
children has begun to shrink, even though the economic inequality
is worsening. In other words, they explain, "Children
entering kindergarten today are more equally prepared than they
were in the late 1990s."
This improvement, they argue, is directly related to the
parenting practices which help low-income children. The article
goes on: "Why are low-income families now adopting these
parenting practices? It may be partly a result of public
information campaigns like Reach Out and Read...." You can
read the full article here.
Connecting Social and
Emotional Health and Literacy: Critical for Early School
Out and Read was honored to be included in the Child Health and
Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc.'s recent
publication, Connecting Social and Emotional Health and
Literacy: Critical for Early School Success. This latest
publication explores the link between young children's
social-emotional development and early literacy and language
skills. The report highlights the important work of Reach Out
and Read and how our literacy initiative is designed to elevate the
importance of reading, enable especially children in low-income
families to bring books into the home, and to connect children to
books in places that are part of children and their families'
regular routines. See here to download the whole report or a
one-page summary. Special thanks to the Child Health and
Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc. for showcasing our work
and helping spread awareness about the critical connection
between social-emotional development and literacy in children's
early school success!
Reach Out and Read
Connecticut and United Way of Greater
Take a look at a new video highlighting Reach Out and Read
Connecticut's partnership with United Way of
Greater Waterbury. We are proud to partner with them and their
help is critical to our program's success in Waterbury. Watch here to learn more about how we work together
to make a difference in the lives of our Waterbury residents.
Reach Out and Read
Improves Family and Child Health Outcome Through
A new article, The Elephant in the
Clinic, examines the multifaceted role of Reach Out and
Read in the promotion of early literacy and family well-being
through primary healthcare. Our approach - and early literacy
promotion - is more than a mere clinic-based book giveaway. Read
the whole article here and see why there's so much more to the
Reach Out and Read model than meets the eye.
Nick Kristof and Reach
Out and Read
After including Reach Out and Read in his 2013 Holiday Giving
Guide, Nick Kristof continues to support our mission.
See his mentions of Reach Out and Read in his New York Times
articles, Beyond Education
Wars and The Way to Beat Poverty.
Don't miss Kristof's new book, A Path Appears. Both educational and
empowering, A Path Appears explores the science of
giving, and tells the story of people and organizations on the
front lines of social progress, effecting real change. Reach
Out and Read is incredibly honored to be featured in this guide to
the transformative power of action.
Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn with Christine
Connecticut Executive Director for Reach Out and Read -
October 23, 2014.
American Academy of
Pediatrics Launches Books Build Connections Toolkit for
Pediatricians and Parents
Dr. Perri Klass, Reach Out and Read National Medical Director,
with Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
At the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference in San
Diego, CA, Hillary Rodham Clinton unveiled the highly anticipated
early literacy toolkit for pediatricians and parents. Please
watch the unveiling here.
Research studies demonstrate that by age four, children in
middle and upper class families hear 30 million more words than
their lower income peers. This disparity between the lower
and middle/upper classes is known as the "achievement gap" and
sadly, Connecticut posts the highest achievement gap in the
nation. The toolkit is designed to help close this gap - a
tool we very much need in our state.
The toolkit is designed for both pediatricians and parents and
can be found at: http://littoolkit.aap.org/Pages/home.aspx.
Please read and share!
AAP Policy Statement
Recommends Early Literacy Promotion as a Standard Part of Pediatric
(l-r) Brian Gallagher, Reach Out and Read Executive Director;
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Greg Worrell, President
of Scholastic's Classroom and Library Group; and Fan Tait, MD,
FAAP, Associate Executive Director of AAP and Director, Department
of Community and Specialty Pediatrics.
Watch video of Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's
announcement on June 24, 2014 here.
Watch President Obama's message to parents about closing the
word gap here.
June 24, 2014 -Denver, CO - At the fourth annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America
meeting in Denver, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
announced a new collaborative effort of Too Small to Fail, the
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Scholastic Inc. and Reach Out
and Read to raise awareness among parents about early language
development. For the first time the AAP will promote early
literacy-beginning from an infant's very first days-as an
"essential" component of primary care visits. Through this
commitment, the partners will ensure that doctors, parents and
caregivers have the information, tools and books they need to
promote reading out loud to children every day starting in infancy.
The effort takes a multi-pronged approach toward equipping parents
with the best tools to ensure that their children are prepared to
learn as they enter school:
- Too Small to
Fail and the AAP - an organization representing 62,000
pediatricians - will share messages across their networks and media
platforms about the importance of talking, reading out loud and
singing to children from birth in order to build vocabulary and
promote healthy brain development.
- To jump start the partnership, Scholastic has donated 500,000 new,
age-appropriate children's books for distribution through Reach Out
and Read, the non-profit organization that works with 20,000
medical providers nationwide to promote early reading and give
books to families at pediatric visits.
- Reach Out and Read will also distribute a toolkit to be
developed by the AAP, with support from Too Small to Fail, which
will equip pediatricians with resources to educate parents on how
to use everyday activities to improve communication with their
infants and toddlers.
The AAP's policy statement is a true validation of the work we
are doing at Reach Out and Read to encourage families to read
together and develop critical early literacy skills in
children before they enter pre-school and
Read more about the AAP policy recommendation and CGI
Above: Dr. Leora Mogilner, a pediatrician at Mount Sinai
Hospital, gave a book to Kaylee Smith, 9 months, and guidance to
her mother, Tameka Griffiths, 33. Credit Ruth Fremson/The New