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Support Reach Out and Read at Hartford Fine  Art and Framing's Storytime Exhibit!

Hartford Fine Art and Framing spring 2018

Thank you for making a difference this holiday season!

Barnes & Noble customers generously donated over 43,000 new books to Reach Out and Read Connecticut and Massachusetts during their holiday book drive!  We cannont thank you enough for your generosity!  See press release here.

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2017 Wyntress Smith Award Winners

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.

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Brian Gallagher, Chief Executive Officer
Diane Malcolmson, Chief Development Officer
Christine Garber, Director of Development, Connecticut and Massachusetts
Callee Boulware, Executive Director, Carolinas
Polly McClure, Statewide Coordinator, Alabama

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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 children!

The Good News About Educational Inequality 

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.

The Good News About Educational Inequality

Connecting Social and Emotional Health and Literacy: Critical for Early School Success

CHDI ReportReach 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 Waterbury!

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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 Primary

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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

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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.

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Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn with Christine Garber,   
Connecticut Executive Director for Reach Out and Read - October 23, 2014.    
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Boston, MA 02111