Improving childhood literacy, one medical visit at a time

(WellSpan Health)

For Amber Reeder’s four children, going to the doctor for a checkup is more than getting an exam or a vaccination.

That’s because her son and three daughters know they will leave Dr. Stephen Flack’s office with a new book from the office book nook.

Dr. Flack’s practice is one of several WellSpan offices that offer free books to the youngest of patients through Reach Out and Read, an evidence-based program that promotes early literacy and school readiness nationwide.

The program began in 1989 to help families make reading a part of their routines and to supply them with the books they need to get started. It champions the positive effects of reading daily and engaging in language-rich activities with young children.

Through the program, WellSpan medical providers give new, developmentally appropriate books to children and teach parents about the importance of reading aloud.

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