Our Story

Reaching every child, everywhere

Twenty seven years ago, two Boston Medical Center pediatricians recognized their unique opportunity to have an impact on the development, as well as on the health, of the children they served.

They adopted a simple model of prescribing books and reading aloud as a means of fostering the language-rich interactions between parents and their young children that stimulate early brain development.

By 2001, dramatic growth brought the Reach Out and Read model to all 50 states, with almost 1,500 sites distributing 1.6 million books per year.

Thanks to the loyal commitment of our supporters and donors, Reach Out and Read has grown at an annual rate of 5%, and today, is a national organization that works through more than 5,800 program sites. We serve 4.7 million young children and their families each year, including one in four children living in poverty in this country, and continue to grow each year with the vision that one day the Reach Out and Read model will be a part of every young child's checkups.

View a history of Reach Out and Read (PDF).

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