Nonprofit serves area children through reading

(Muskogee Phoenix)

Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books and guidance about shared reading into pediatric care, significantly increased the impact of its mission this fiscal year. With a commitment to nurturing young minds and strengthening early relationships, Reach Out and Read served an additional 170,000 children (for a total of 4.4 million) and provided 500,000 more books (for a total of 7.1 million) in FY23.

“From clinicians, researchers, and Affiliate leaders to donors, supporters and staff, our organization has worked in concert with parents across the country to strengthen healthy early relationships,” said Reach Out and Read CEO Marty Martinez. “This new data shows how many more children — particularly in underserved areas, where they are more likely to face systemic inequity and adverse childhood experiences — have benefited from Reach Out and Read. Combine that with recent research demonstrating that parents exposed to our model are more likely to read to their young children daily, and you begin to see the massive impact of this program.”

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