Reach Out and Read
Official Title: Reach Out and Read
- Funding History
Funding for Reach Out and Read was eliminated through a mid-year cut of $1,000,000 to the FY 2017 budget.
Reach out and Read funds an early literacy and school readiness program by partnering with doctors to give out free books and encourage families to read together.
The Reach out and Read initiative stems from research highlighting the positive impact reading to infants and toddlers can have on a child's educational achievement in school. The program builds off the relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children. The program begins at six months of age and continues through age five, with emphasis on children living in poverty and in under-performing school districts.
Medical providers are trained in the three part Reach Out and Read model: 1) doctors and nurses speak with parents in the exam room about the importance of reading and offer age-appropriate tips; 2) pediatric primary care providers give each child a book to take home; and 3) the waiting room has children's books and displays information about literacy. Where possible, volunteer readers model techniques for parents while reading and engaging children.
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