Reach Out and Read
Contact DetailsJob title (or position): External Affairs Coordinator
Full Address: 56 Roland Street, Suite 100-D, Boston, MA 02129
Telephone/Fax: (617) 455- 0600
Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that partners with doctors (and other pediatric medical providers) to “prescribe” books and encourage families to read together. At regular checkups for children ages 6 months through 5 years, doctors give a new book to the child to take home and keep, and they talk with parents/guardians about the importance of looking at books and reading aloud together everyday. Research shows that exposure to books and reading during infancy and toddlerhood produces significant, literacy-related gains for children and their families.
Reach Out and Read engages thousands of medical providers throughout the United States, and in a handful of countries, in an effort to make literacy a vital component of pediatric care. Reading together – in any language – strengthens bonds between children and their parents, which in turn improves family and community health. As of 2013, Reach Out and Read serves 4 million children at 5,000 hospitals, clinics, and health centers across the United States.
Children served by Reach Out and Read have higher scores on expressive and receptive language tests, and have higher vocabulary scores than their non-Reach Out and Read peers. Children who are familiar with basic language concepts when they begin school are significantly more likely to read at grade level, and to reach their full potential in school and in life.
Progress made since you won the prize
Since winning the Confucius Prize, Reach Out and Read continues to grow, and now serves 4 million children in the United States alone, with the goal of one day reaching all children who may be at risk of school failure. We continue to research the impact of our program, and our model is now included in 90% of pediatric resident training programs in the U.S.