Reach Out and Read Connecticut
Reach Out and Read Connecticut
Reach Out and Read Connecticut serves babies, toddlers and preschoolers growing up in diverse communities at more than 85 health clinics throughout the state.

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Investing in Impact.

With 85 program sites at hospitals, clinics and doctor’s offices across Connecticut, we provide more than 48,378 children and their families with free books and resources that promote early childhood literacy.

Our evidence-based model is backed by a large and growing body of academic research. We utilize the existing medical infrastructure, to encourage supportive, educational conversations with parents on the importance of reading aloud and the impact on children’s brain development.

our program
Reach Out and Read, Connecticut 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 across the state
49,000
children served annually
85
sites in Connecticut
90,000
books distributed annually
We envision a world where all parents have daily, meaningful, language-rich interactions with their children.
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Get Involved

Reach Out and Read Connecticut is made up of dedicated and generous supporters and volunteers. We hope you will join us in making families reading aloud together a priority for the children of Connecticut—whether by donating to the organization, volunteering or by starting a site, your contribution makes a difference.

The Power of Partnerships

Reach Out and Read Connecticut could not serve the tens of thousands of families it does annually without the help of generous corporate, foundation, individual and government partners. We are grateful to every individual and entity that helps us fulfill our mission to give young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

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Connecticut’s Regional Executive Director, Alex Chu, provides local leadership and sets strategic priorities for all aspects of our program. Alex focuses on cultivating key strategic and funding partnerships as well as providing direction to our dynamic and growing programmatic and development team.

Connecticut’s Medical Director, Dr. Cathy Wiley provides further direction to the program and advocates about the importance of fostering a love of reading in the existing healthcare infrastructure thus bridging the intersection between health and education.

Our dedicated Program Coordinators provide technical support to our sites across the state to ensure fidelity to the model.

Our impact is significant and made possible through the hundreds of medical clinicians across the state who implement our early school readiness intervention voluntarily to the children and families under their care.

Alexander Chu, Executive Director
Contact Alexander Chu
617.297.8165

Dr. Cathy Wiley, MD, Connecticut Medical Director
Contact Cathy Wiley