Medical Providers

Important information for new and existing Reach Out and Read pediatricians.

Reach Out and Read thrives on the passion and service of more than 20,000 primary care providers and staff who make our model a standard part of pediatric care. Collectively, we serve more than 4 million children and their families nationwide.

We are proud that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) have officially endorsed the Reach Out and Read model of early literacy promotion. 

Click here to read an article about Reach Out and Read: Evidence Based Approach to Promoting Early Childhood Development. 

Current Reach Out and Read Providers

  • Remember to share best practices with providers at other Reach Out and Read program sites. Go to and join the Discussion Forum.
  • Learn about Training.

Interested in Starting a Reach Out and Read Program?

  • Go to Start A Program for an overview of the application process. 
  • Register at Program Login to get started.
  • Applications are reviewed the third week of each month. 
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.

  Local Impact
Awards & Endorsements Recognition for Reach Out and Read's Impact Nationwide.
Endorsed By American Academy of Pediatrics
Award Winner 2013 David M. Rubenstein Prize
Endorsed by National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
Literacy Partner American Academy of Family Physicians
Contact Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read National Center
89 South St, Suite 201
Boston, MA 02111

Parent Resources

A Prescription to Read 20 Minutes Every Day.

Suggested Reading:

Title: Polar Bear
Author: Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
Reading To Your Eighteen To Twenty-Four Month Old

Rhyming texts, with their repeated patterns, increase your child's awareness of how language works. Rhymes help your children begin to decode the sounds that make up words. 

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