Reach Out and Read gives children a
foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care
and encouraging families to read aloud together.
Who We Are
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 best time to shape a child's future is in the first
five years, a critical window of rapid brain development that does
not occur at any other time. Children who hear fewer words during
early childhood start school developmentally behind their peers,
and may never catch up.
With unparalleled access to families with young children, Reach
Out and Read medical providers give books to children at well-child
visits from infancy until they start school. More importantly, they
encourage families to read aloud and engage with their infants,
toddlers and preschoolers every day.
Our program is both cost-effective, and evidence-based: research
shows that our program results in more frequent reading at home,
accelerated vocabulary and critical brain stimulation.
The effectiveness of the Reach Out and Read model is recognized
by the American Academy of Pediatrics. They've published this policy statement that recommends early
literacy promotion as an essential component of pediatric care.
During regular pediatric checkups,
Reach Out and Read pediatricians, family physicians, and nurse
practitioners give new, developmentally-appropriate books to
children, ages 6 months through 5 years. They advise parents about
the importance of reading aloud to children from infancy to prepare
them for success in school. Doctors also use books as a tool to
assess developmental milestones.
As a result of this evidence-based
intervention, parents learn new ways to stimulate their children's
literacy development, have more books in their home, and read to
their children more. Parents are supported as their
children's first and most important teachers!
In New Jersey
A state affiliate of the national
Reach Out and Read organization since 2008, Reach Out and Read
New Jersey supports sites already implementing the program,
helps interested sites through the application and training phase,
and recruits new sites to participate in underserved areas. The
Reach Out and Read model is used by providers in every primary care
setting: health clinics, heath centers, private practices, and
hospital outpatient clinics.
Reach Out and Read New Jersey meets the unique needs of families
with young children in our state by providing
culturally-appropriate services and targeting the most at-risk
children. Books are provided in a family's native
language whenever possible, including Spanish, Portuguese, and
French. Clinics that serve a high percentage of low-income families
are a priority for the Reach Out and Read program.
The number of children participating has more than doubled since
2008. As of January 2017, we are reaching 70,000 children from
the ages of 6 months through 5 years of age at 97 sites throughout
For a complete list of Sites in New Jersey, click here.
We are so grateful to our many New Jersey funders and
||The Ohl Foundation
|Barnes & Noble
|Bob's Discount Furniture
|Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation
|Marylee Chaski Charitable Foundation
||Rutgers Community Health Foundation
|The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
||Subaru of America Foundation
|Faber News Now
||Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation
|F.M. Kirby Foundation
|The Karma Foundation
|The Merck Foundation