The Power of a Book
Reach Out and Read was developed by pediatricians and early childhood educators who recognized that early exposure to books and reading greatly increases a child’s chance for healthy development and school success. Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between doctors and patients to spread the message that reading aloud is the most important thing parents can do to help their children love books and start school ready to learn.
Reach Out and Read in Washington State
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The Reach Out and Read Program Model
Here’s how Reach Out and Read makes books part of a healthy childhood:
- At every checkup, Reach Out and Read doctors and nurses talk with parents about the importance of reading aloud to their young children, and offer age-appropriate tips and encouragement.
- At each well-child visit from 6 months through 5 years of age, medical providers give children a new, developmentally and culturally appropriate book to take home.
- In the waiting room, a literacy-rich environment encourages reading and book-sharing among parents, children and volunteers.
Starting a Reach Out and Read Program
Reach Out and Read programs are primary care practices who provide care for young children. Medical practices learn about Reach Out and Read, decide they want to start the program, and begin the application process. The application is done online through the Reach Out and Read National Center. Reach Out and Read Washington State staff is available to talk with you about the program, and the application process. We welcome your interest, and would love to hear from you!