Reach Out and Read Massachusetts
Reach Out and Read Massachusetts
As Reach Out and Read's flagship state, Massachusetts has been on the forefront of early childhood development and literacy since its very first program opened at the Boston Medical Center over 30 years ago.

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Investing in Impact.

With over 285 program sites at hospitals, clinics and doctor’s offices across Massachusetts, we provide more than 222,964 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 Massachusetts 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 counties.
223,000
children served annually
285
program sites
377,000
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 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts—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 Massachusetts 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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Massachusetts’ 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.

Massachusetts’ Medical Director, Dr. Eileen Costello 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 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. Eileen Costello, MD, Massachusetts Medical Director
Contact Eileen Costello