Reach Out and Read Massachusetts

Promoting literacy and school readiness across the Commonwealth.

Our Mission

Reach Out and Read gives children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals incorporate Reach Out and Read's evidence-based, three-part model into regular pediatric checkups:

  • Starting at the newborn visit, medical providers speak with parents about the importance of reading aloud, providing literacy tips and encouragement. 
  • At well-child visits from 6 months through 5 years of age, the child receives a new book to build their home library. 
  • Many Reach Out and Read program sites create literacy-rich environments that include gently-used books for waiting room use and/or volunteer readers to model for parents the techniques of reading aloud to young children.

As a result of this three-part intervention at the doctor's office, parents become more engaged and read to their children more often at home. The time spent reading translates into quantifiable gains: Our evidence base of 15 peer-reviewed research studies shows that during the preschool years, children served by Reach Out and Read score three to six months ahead of their non-Reach Out and Read peers on vocabulary tests. These early foundational language skills help propel children on a path of success when they enter school

Reach Out and Read pediatricians in Massachusetts prescribe books to their youngest patients and encourage families to read together.


  • 204,833 children served
  • 355,422 new books distributed
  • 1,600 participating medical providers
  • 300 participating clinical locations
  • We reach 93% of low-income children 5 & under in the state.

For our Massachusetts one-pager, click here.

For a complete list of Sites in the state of Massachusetts, click here.


Contact Us

Alison Corning-Clarke

Programs Director, Connecticut and Massachusetts



Sara Stewart

Regional Coordinator, Western Massachusetts



Christine Garber

Director of Development, Connecticut and Massachusetts



Marilyn C. Augustyn, MD

Massachusetts Medical Director



Our Partners in Early Literacy

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  Local Massachusetts Impact
294 Reach Out and Read Programs
208,759 Children Served Annually
325,828 Books Distributed Annually
U.S. Totals
4.7 million
children served annually

Reach Out and Read's thousands of doctors and nurses promote early literacy and school readiness to young children and their families in all 50 states. Each year, medical providers at the nearly 5,000 Reach Out and Read program sites nationwide distribute 6.5 million books to children and invaluable literacy advice to parents.

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