Reach Out and Read Washington, DC
Reach Out and Read Washington, DC
Reach Out and Read serves babies, toddlers, and preschoolers growing up in diverse communities at more than 17 health clinics throughout Washington, DC.

Investing in Impact.

With 17 program sites at hospitals, clinics and doctor’s offices across DC, we provide more than 26,500 children and their families with a “prescription to read”, resources that promote early childhood literacy and family bonding.

Our evidence-based model is backed by a large and growing body of academic research. We utilize the existing medical infrastructure, to encourage supportive, educational conversations with parents on the importance of reading aloud and the impact on children’s brain development.

Our Program
Reach Out and Read Washington, DC promotes early language development skills and health through established systems of well-child visits with an intervention that has the potential to reach all young children in the District.
26, 545
children served annually
17 program sites
in Washington, DC
22,572
books distributed
Help build home libraries for children in Washington, DC.
Give the gift of reading aloud to a child in need.
Get Involved

Reach Out and Read is made up of dedicated and generous supporters and volunteers. We hope you will join us in making reading a priority for the children of Washington, DC whether by donating to the organization, or by starting a site at your own clinical practice, your contribution make a difference.

We Want to Hear From You!

Whether you have a question about our program, how to get involved, donate books,  or site information, we want to hear from you. Our team is ready to answer all of your questions.

Callee Boulware, Regional Executive Director
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Drew Laurens, Regional Director of Development
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Carolyn Merrifield, Regional Programs Director
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Teandra Ramos-Hardy, Regional Director of
Medical Engagement
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Suzanne Metcalf, Regional Communications Director
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Jennifer Tender, MD, Medical Director Washington, DC