Reach Out and Read Oklahoma is part of the national Reach Out
and Read network that has the mission to give young children a
foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care
and encouraging families to read aloud together
The best opportunity to influence 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.
When families read aloud to their young children, they can give
them a better start to life. With unparalleled access to families
with young children, Reach Out and Read medical providers give
books to children at more than 10 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.
The effectiveness of the Reach Out and Read model is recognized
by the American Academy of Pediatrics in a policy statement that
recommends early literacy promotion as an essential component of
pediatric care. 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. Reach Out and Read Oklahoma serves nearly 45,000
children annually at 75 Reach Out and Read sites.