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Pediatric healthcare providers (including pediatricians, family physicians, and pediatric nurse practitioners) are trained in the three-part Reach Out and Read model to promote early literacy and school readiness:

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In the exam room, doctors and nurses speak with parents about the importance of reading aloud to their young children every day, and offer age-appropriate tips and encouragement.

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The pediatric primary care provider gives every child 6 months through 5 years old a new, developmentally-appropriate children's book to take home and keep.

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In the waiting room, displays, information, and books create a literacy-rich environment. Where possible, volunteer readers entertain the children, modeling for parents the pleasures - and techniques - of reading aloud.

Research shows that Reach Out and Read improves the home literacy environment and developmental outcomes for children growing up in poverty.  Peer-reviewed medical literature indicates that when families participate in Reach Out and Read:

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Parents read to their children more often

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Children show significant developmental gains in language and literacy

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Children score higher on vocabulary tests and school readiness assessments.


   

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(Applications to Reach Out and Read must be submitted by a staff member of a clinic or hospital providing outpatient health supervision visits to children 6 months to 5 years of age.)
 

 

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