Reach Out and Read gives young 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 model into regular pediatric checkups, by advising
parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving
developmentally-appropriate books to children.
The program begins at the 6-month
checkup and continues through age 5, with a special emphasis on
children growing up 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.