Reach Out and Read
QueensCare Health Centers doctors and nurses are proud to participate in the early literacy initiative Reach Out and Read. As part of the program, they give new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. By building on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers, Reach Out and Read helps families and communities encourage early literacy skills so children enter school prepared for success in reading. As a result of Reach Out and Read, parents learn new ways to stimulate their children’s literacy development, have more books in their home, and read to their children more. Parents are supported as their children’s first and most important teachers, and children grow up to become readers.
DID YOU KNOW
- “By the time children from low-income families enter kindergarten, they are typically 12-14 months below national norms in language and pre-reading skills.”1
- Two thirds of fourth grade students (68 percent) in America are not proficient readers.2
THE REACH OUT AND READ MODEL
- In the exam room, doctors and nurses trained in the developmental strategies of early literacy encourage parents to read aloud to their young children and offer age-appropriate tips.
- The pediatric primary care provider gives every child from the ages of 6 months through 5 years a new, developmentally appropriate book to take home and keep.
- In the waiting room, displays, information and gently-used books create a literacy-rich environment. Where possible, volunteer readers entertain the children, modeling for the parent the pleasures and techniques of reading aloud.
To learn more about Reach Out and Read, visit their website REACH OUT AND READ>>
1A Quiet Crisis: The Urgent Need to Build Early Childhood Systems and Quality Programs for Children Birth to Age Five, Policy Statement. (2009)
2The Nation’s Report Card, National Assessment of Educational Progress (2011)