Reach Out and Read Wisconsin
Reach Out and Read Wisconsin
More than just books, Reach Out and Read Wisconsin uses trusted medical professionals to support parents and encourage healthy child development.

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Impact

With 261 participating clinics and 152,000 children served in the last year, we provide books to one in three infants, toddlers and preschoolers in the state and empower parents as their child’s first and best teacher.

 

Reach Out and Read is a two generation intervention built and backed by science and a 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 a child’s brain development.

Our Program
The first three years of a child's life are critical. By promoting reading aloud and positive daily child-caregiver interactions, Reach Out and Read Wisconsin helps ensure that every child has the healthy foundation they need - cognitively, socially and emotionally.
152,000
children served
261
program sites
223,000
books distributed
Give the gift of Reach Out and Read to a Wisconsin family today. To read our 2019 Annual Review, click here.

“I would rather walk into a child’s regular checkup without my stethoscope than without a book.”

Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD
Reach Out and Read Medical Director, Wisconsin

THE POWER OF PARTNERSHIPS

Reach Out and Read Wisconsin is supported by trusted pediatricians, residents and medical providers across the state who give their time, talents and expertise to help support parents in preparing their children for success in school and in life.

In addition to our medical community, we are extremely grateful to our state, community, foundation partners and individuals that help us reach more children each year.

  • Corporate, Foundation and Government Support

    Cascade Asset Management, LLC

    Croen Family Foundation

    Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

    Hugh J. Andersen Foundation

    Pleasant Rowland Foundation

    Roots & Wings Foundation

    The Flock

    Wernimont Charitable Fund

    Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

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  • Health System Partners

    Aurora Health Care

    Children’s Wisconsin

    UW American Family Children’s Hospital

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  • Individual Donors $500 +

    Jane Bartell & John Thompson

    Melissa & David Cercone

    The Connor Family

    Jessica & Jim Doyle

    Charles & Linda Lee

    Rhona Mahony & Jeremy Bulow

    John & Linda Muerer

    Wendy Molaska & Keith McClelland

    Dipesh Navsaria

    Brain Stults

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  • Individual Donors $250 – $499

    Gail Allen & Jeff Hoerning

    Matt & Laura Crespin

    Janice Ferguson

    Marshall and Heidi Fields

    Marla and Larry Frank

    Robert Lamanske

    Linda Leonhart

    Zorba & Penny Paster

    Richard & Pamela Strauss

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  • In-Kind Support

    All About Books

    Jo Ann Kopshinsky and clients of Ferris Travel

    Interstate Books4School

    Scholastic, Inc.

    Too Small to Fail

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  • Strategic Partnerships

    Cooperative Children’s Book Center

    Reach Out and Read Partners – Fox Cities

    Reach Out and Read Partners – Manitowoc County

    United Way of Greater Chippewa Valley

    Wisconsin Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

    Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Public Library Development

    Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

    Wisconsin Infant Toddler Policy Project

    Wisconsin Literacy, Inc.

    Wisconsin Public Library System

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Meet our team

Karin Mahony, MEd, MSW, Executive Director
Contact Karin
608.557.5123

Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD, Medical Director
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Amber Bloom, MSW, Program Specialist
Contact Amber

Alexandria Rogers, Program Specialist
Contact Alexandria