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Integrating reading aloud into pediatric care.

A world where every child is read to every day!

Reach Out and Read gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

The Reach Out and Read Model

Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals incorporate Reach Out and Read’s evidence-based, three-part model into regular pediatric checkups:

  • Trained doctors and nurses speak with parents about the importance of reading aloud, starting in infancy.
  • At each regular checkup from 6 months through 5 years of age, the child receives a new book to take home.
  • Many Reach Out and Read program sites create literacy-rich environments that include gently-used books for waiting room use and/or volunteer readers to model for parents the techniques of reading aloud to young children.

As a result of this three-part intervention at the doctor’s office, parents become more engaged and read to their children more often at home.

The time spent reading translates into quantifiable gains: Our evidence base of more than 20 peer-reviewed research studies shows that during the preschool years, children served by Reach Out and Read score three to six months ahead of their non-Reach Out and Read peers on vocabulary tests. These early foundational language skills help propel children on a path of success when they enter school.

Reach Out and Read Texas is a part of the national Reach Out and Read organization with 38 affiliates, serving more than 4 million children and their families, with a special emphasis on serving those in low-income communities.

In June 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics declared literacy promotion to be an “essential component of pediatric care” for all children, referencing Reach Out and Read as an effective intervention to engage parents and prepare children to achieve their potential in school and beyond.

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Impacts by the Numbers

Over 200,000+ children served annually in Texas

Reach Out and Read Texas’ 950 pediatric providers promote language building and early literacy with parents of our youngest citizens. At well child visits, medical providers share more than 250,000 books annually in some 200 pediatric clinics, and support parents to be their children’s first teacher.

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