Reach Out and Read Upstate New York

Where Great Stories Begin

REACH OUT AND READ IS ONE OF TEN RECOMMENDED STRATEGIES SUPPORTED BY NEW YORK STATE'S GROUND-BREAKING FIRST 1,000 DAYS INITIATIVE

Ways to DonateReach Out and Read Upstate New York promotes early language development skills and health through established systems of well-child visits with an intervention that has the potential to reach all young children in the state's 47 Upstate counties. 

Reach Out and Read sits at the nexus of New York State's efforts to strengthen the connections between learning and health so that early in infancy, families start to support literacy, parent-child interaction, and healthy social-emotional development. 

Reach Out and Read succeeds by using trusted healthcare providers to engage parents and children, sharing the joys and power of early literacy, and advancing New York's goal of improving outcomes in several healthcare quality domains and across the lifespan - from childhood through adulthood. 

A CLEAR OPPORTUNITY

The medical care system, in the form a pediatrician's or family physician's office, plays an outsized role in young children's lives: data shows that most children receive medical care - well-child visits, immunizations - several times per year - 10 to 14 times during the first five years of life.   

This makes the doctor's office a critically important touchpoint for our youngest children, before they enter other settings, such as child care or school.   

The American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed Reach Out and Read's model as an evidence-based program having a positive impact on: 

  • Cognitive and social-emotional development
  • Language and literacy skills 
  • A demonstrated love for reading and books
  • Parental book-sharing - they are 2 ½ times more likely to read to their children 

IMPACT - Click here to read our one page information sheet.

  • 28 of Upstate New York's 47 counties* have clinics that use Reach Out and Read.
  • 80 Reach Out and Read sites in Upstate New York
  • 60,000 Children served annually 
  • 60,000 Books distributed annually

* Reach Out and Read Upstate New York serves the region outside of the Greater New York metro area, including all of Western, Central, and Eastern New York, down to (and including) Delaware, Greene and Rensselaer counties.

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