Reach Out and Read Georgia
Reach Out and Read Georgia
Reach Out and Read has been serving children and families in Georgia since our 1994 launch at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding by Dr. Terri McFadden.

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Investing in Impact.

With 135 medical program sites at hospitals, clinics and doctor’s offices across Georgia, we provide more than 116,000 children and their families in 61 counties 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 Georgia gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.
116,000
children served annually
135
program sites
161,000
books distributed annually
More than 200,000 children under the age of 5 lives in poverty in Georgia.
Give the gift of reading aloud to a child in need.
Get Involved

Reach Out and Read Georgia is made up of dedicated and generous supporters and volunteers. We hope you will join us in making reading a priority for the children of Georgia—whether by donating to the organization, volunteering or by starting a site at your own clinical practice, your contributions make a difference.

The Power of Partnerships

Reach Out and Read is supported by hundreds of trusted pediatricians, residents, and medical providers across Georgia who give their time, talents, and expertise to help prepare children living in low income communities for success in school and in life.

In addition to our medical community, we are extremely grateful to our corporate partners, grant families and individuals that help us reach more children each year. To read our 2018 Year in Review, click here.

  • Foundation Support

    Atlanta Braves Foundation

    Francia Hollis Brain Foundation Fund

    Pi Beta Phi Foundation

    Primerica

    Scott Hudgens Family Foundation

    St. Ives Charity Guild

    St. Simons Island Literary Guild

    The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

    The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta

    The Community Foundation of Northeast Georgia

    The Goizueta Foundation

    The James M. Cox Foundation

    The Macy’s Foundation

    The United Way of Greater Atlanta by way of The Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation

    The United Way of Hall County

    The United Way of Valdosta

    The Zeist Foundation

    Walmart Foundation

    John and Mary Franklin Foundation

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  • Government Support

    State Government Support

    Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS)

    Georgia Department of Public Health

    Georgia Department of Public Health – Project Launch

    Georgia State Charitable Giving Campaign
     

    County Government Support

    Fulton County “Funding provided in part by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Department of Community Development CSP Program”

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  • Corporate Support

    Kaiser Permanente Georgia

    Lake Oconee Church, Northpoint Community Church – Be Rich! Campaign

    Primerica

    Pitney Bowes

    Primrose Schools

    Publix Super Markets Charities

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  • Individual Support

    Individual Support $500+

    Audrey Morgan

    Andrew Godrey-Kittle

    Betsy Root

    Bo Lee

    Dan King

    John Upchurch

    Marguerite Watanabe

    Janice H. Loeffler, MD

    Cami Nail

    Danny King

    Jay Berkelhamer

    Jonathan Goodin

    Lisa Nolan

    Andrew Godfrey-Kittle

    Karen Hirsch

    Kereese Gayle-Farias

    Virginia Cochran
     

    Individual Support $25,000+

    Stephanie Blank

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  • In-Kind Donations

    All About Books

    Barnes and Noble (Mansell, Perimeter, The Avenue Forsyth, Shoppes at River Crossing, The Avenue West Cobb, Riverbend Market, Augusta, Southlake Morrow)

    Books A Million (Brunswick, Canton, Dalton, Gainesville, McDonough)

    Books Warehouse

    Collective Goods

    DeKalb Summer Reading Club led by the DeKalb Junior League

    Pi Beta Phi (First Book donation)

    Mayor’s Summer Reading Club led by GEEARS

    Reading is Fundamental

    Scholastic

    Books for Keeps

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  • Strategic Partnerships

    Brain Trust 4 Babies

    The Atlanta Speech School

    The Annie E. Casey Foundation

    Mayor’s Summer Reading Club

    Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS)

    Georgia Public Library System

    Get Georgia Reading Campaign

    Georgia Coalition for English Language Learners

    Talk to Me Baby Campaign

    Junior League of Atlanta

    Young Men’s Service League, Centennial Chapter

    Learn4Life (Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Atlanta Chamber, Atlanta Regional Commission, The United Way of Greater Atlanta)

    Child Well-Being led by the United Way of Greater Atlanta

    Voices for Georgia’s Children

    Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

    The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians

    Georgia Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics

    Read With Malcolm

    Books for Keeps

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We want to hear from you!

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

Georgia’s Medical Director, Dr. Terri McFadden 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 Managers provide technical support to our sites across the state to ensure fidelity to the model.

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

Amy B. Erickson, Executive Director
Contact Amy Erickson
770.401.6852

Terri McFadden, MD, FAAP, Medical Director
Contact Terri McFadden

Dipika Sharma, MD, Regional Director, Medical Engagement
Contact Dipika Sharma

Toni S. Paz, CFRE, Regional Development Director
Contact Toni Paz

Gail Phillips, Program Manager
Contact Gail Phillips

Karolina Klinker, Program Manager
Contact Karolina Klinker