Our Impact

Learn more about our reach and evidence base

our numbers

By operating through primary pediatric care, Reach Out and Read has the greatest reach of all early literacy programs to families with young children  - and the capacity to scale up to reach many more.

Thanks to consistent and generous support from many individuals, foundations and corporations, we have grown significantly over the last 30 years.

  • We serve 4.7 million children and their families annually
  • 32,700 medical providers are trained to deliver the Reach Out and Read program
  • We have over 6,200 program sites in all 50 states and D.C.
  • We reach 1 in 4 low-income families.
  • We have a waiting list of clinics that would like to join Reach Out and Read, and bring on board an additional 300 sites, serving 176,000 more children each year.



evidence base

Over the years, the Reach Out and Read model has been examined by academic investigators in a variety of settings, providing a substantial body of peer-reviewed research on the impact of the program.

This body of published research is more extensive than for any other psychosocial intervention in general pediatrics.

The Key Findings:

  • Parents are 2.5 times more likely to read to their children
  • Families are 2.5 times more likely to enjoy reading together or have books in the home.
  • Children's pre-school language development is improved by 3-6 months.

Learn more about our evidence base here.



Reach Out and Read continues to be committed to evaluation of our impact through independent research:

  • Thorough evaluation shows us how to continue to improve our model for maximum effectiveness.
  • Compelling results place Reach Out and Read as a leader in early literacy and stimulate a more widespread adoption of our program.

Our current research ranges from large-scale network-based research that will further demonstrate the impact of our program on families and children to examining how technology might amplify the Reach Out and Read effect.

Learn more about our current research here


accoladesIn 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a landmark policy statement promoting literacy as "an essential component of pediatric primary care" for all children. 

The policy references Reach Out and Read as an effective intervention to engage parents and prepare children to achieve their potential.

We have received many other prestigious Awards & Endorsements - read more here.

Contact Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read National Center
89 South St, Suite 201
Boston, MA 02111