What We Do
Our mission is to give young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.
Why We Do It
Who We Are
Reach Out and Read is a nonprofit organization that trains and supports medical providers who give books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud at well-child exams. Since 2001, the goal of Lancaster County Reach Out and Read has been to ensure that healthcare providers give literacy related advice and children's books as routinely as immunizations at pediatric check ups; both are exceptionally important.
The first five years of life offer a critical window for learning, with rapid brain development that does not occur at any other time. Many children, especially from low-income families, are not read to from birth. Since 1991, fifteen peer reviewed studies have demonstrated that our program model yields significant positive literacy outcomes. Reach Out and Read's participating parents are up to 10 times more likely to read aloud regularly with their children.
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