Reach Out and Read continues to be committed
to evaluation of our impact through independent
- Thorough evaluation shows us how to continue to improve our
model for maximum effectiveness.
- Compelling results place Reach Out and Read as
a leader in early literacy and stimulate
a more widespread adoption of our program.
A New Collaborative Research Study
In May, 2016, Reach Out and Read medical advisors
established a research collaborative of clinicians, researchers and
Reach Out and Read coordinators with the aim of taking our research
to the next level.
This collaborative, named the Collaborative for Early
Literacy and Brain Development in Primary Care (otherwise
known as LitNet), will develop and coordinate research
projects, with a particular emphasis on large-scale network-based
research that will further demonstrate the impact of our
We hope to initiate our first such research project in 2017.
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Young Investigator Awards
For the last six years, Reach Out and Read has partially funded
young investigators researching aspects of early literacy through
the Young Investigator Award program. Results of work supported by
this program include:
Through brain imaging studies, John Hutton, M.D., demonstrated
that when families read aloud and engage with their young children,
there is increased development of regions of the brain associated
with learning to read and higher thinking processes.
Using LENA, a device that digitally records and analyses the
number of words heard by young children, Adriana Weisleder, Ph.D.,
showed that Reach Out and Read stimulates an overall increase in
the number of words and conversational turns between families and
Anna Miller-Fitzwater, M.D., M.P.H., assessed the new training
for residents on how to implement Reach Out and Read for children
ages 0 - 6 months. Residents found the training applicable and
practical and that families were receptive to the concept.
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A Winner of the Bridging the Word Gap Challenge
Reach Out and Read was excited to be selected from more than 75
submissions as one of 10 Phase One winners of The Word Gap
Challenge. The aim of the challenge is to "support innovative
solutions that can help promote early-language development among
children from low-income famiies in the U.S."
This award allowed us to pilot an amplification of the Reach Out
and Read model using video and mobile app technology:
- The message from doctors and nurse practitioners encouraging
families to read aloud to their young children was reinforced by
use of video accessible at home via a mobile app.
- Reminders sent via the mobile app increased the dose of the
Reach Out and Read message.
In our small sample of subjects (26), the
results were stunning:
- 100% of parents said the video motivated them
to read more with their children
- 95% of parents found the reminders
- 100% of parents reported that they are very
likely to continuing reading aloud
We are now planning to continue this study in a
randomized controlled trial of 100 families.
Reach Out and Read Research Priorities
Reach Out and Read and Language
Independent, peer-reviewed studies over the years
have indicated that Reach Out and Read improves language ability in
young children. We are looking into long-term prospective studies
and alternative methods of substantiating our impact on language
ability and school readiness.
The Effect of Reach Out and Read on Pediatric
Preventive Care Compliance
There are indications that families attend well-child
checkups both to receive books and because of an increased sense of
agency, thus improving well-child checkup compliance - particularly
at checkups when the immunization schedule is critical.
The Effect of Reach Out and Read on Maternal
A pilot study suggested that maternal depression in
young single mothers is reduced through the Reach Out and Read
intervention. We would like to expand this project to a larger
Reach Out and Read as a Means of Improving
There is evidence that Reach Out and Read is a
positive experience for pediatricians and could relieve stress and
burnout. We would be interested to formalize a larger