“The Reach Out and Read program has brought structure around reading to the tribal clinic. The program has really served as a springboard or touch point to reach out to the parents and discuss the importance of speech and language development in their kids. In addition, it allows me to connect with both Moms and Dads about the importance of spending time with their kids through reading.”
Scott Lindquist, MD , Kitsap Public Health District and Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe Health Clinic
Reach Out and Read is a regular part of well-child checkups for young children in more than 222 medical practices in Washington. Our program thrives in all types of medical settings including:
Any pediatrician, family physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant who does well-child checkups can participate in Reach Out and Read. If you are interested in starting a program, please contact us. We’re here to help explain the process, from the online application through implementation of the program. We love to hear from doctors, clinics, and potential partners who want to bring Reach Out and Read to families in their community.
Our evidence-based program has a 25 year history backed by 15 published studies showing efficacy. Research shows that when doctors promote literacy readiness according to the Reach Out and Read model, there is a significant effect on parental behavior and attitudes toward reading aloud, as well as improvements in the language scores of young children who participate. These effects have been found in ethnically and economically diverse families nationwide. The body of published research supporting the efficacy of the Reach Out and Read model is more extensive than for any other psychosocial intervention in general pediatrics.