Reach Out and Read helps Washington’s youngest children be ready for kindergarten by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.
Reach Out and Read doctors give young children new books and inspire families to read together, starting when children are babies. At each well-child checkup, medical providers teach parents how cuddling together and sharing books builds language and literacy skills that will help children be ready for school.
Babies are born learning, and their brains form 700 connections each second. Every interaction, from smiles and laughs to bedtime stories, helps grow brain pathways. When parents talk and read with their young children, early language skills develop. When this doesn’t happen, children miss the opportunity to achieve their potential.
15 research studies show that Reach Out and Read works. When families participate, parents are up to four times more likely to read to their children, and children perform up to 6 months ahead of their peers on language tests.