History

Serving Georgia's Children and Families since 1994

 

Our Annual Impact, Nationwide:

 

4.7 million children served, 

 

6.5 million new, developmentally-appropriate books distributed annually

 

29,000 medical providers,

 

5,800 program sites,

 

50 states and D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

 

Community volunteers dedicate more than 350,000 hours of service to Reach Out and Read annually.

 

Reach Out and Read was founded in 1989 with its first program at Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center). By 2001, dramatic growth brought the Reach Out and Read model to all 50 states, with almost 1,500 sites distributing 1.6 million books per year.

Reach Out and Read programs have been delivered in Georgia since the 1994 launch of our program at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Reach Out and Read Georgia Medical Director Dr. Terri McFadden had been implementing a pilot program in her clinic that brought reading materials to families. When the Reach Out and Read national organization coalesced, Dr. McFadden and her colleagues were excited to become a part of it, and Reach Out and Read Georgia was born. Read more about Dr. McFadden and the origin of our organization, here.

Today, Reach Out and Read partners with nearly 5,000 program sites nationwide and distributes 6.5 million books per year, including more than 179,458 books a year and over a million books, total, since 1994, in Georgia. The program currently serves more than one-third of all children living in poverty in this country, and continues to grow each year with the vision that one day all impoverished children will be served by a Reach Out and Read medical provider.

To learn more about becoming a program site, click here.

 

Contact Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read National Center
89 South St, Suite 201
Boston, MA 02111