Reach Out and Read Oklahoma
Reach Out and Read Oklahoma
Reach Out and Read’s two-generation intervention supports parent and child bonding, early brain development, and a life-long love of learning.

Investing in Impact.

With almost 100 sites at hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices across Oklahoma, we provide 67,000 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 Oklahoma gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.
children served annually
100 clinics
books distributed annually
Books Build Better Brains.
Prescribe a book. Change a life.
Get Involved

Reach Out and Read Oklahoma is made up of dedicated and generous supporters, volunteers, and advocates. We hope you will join us in making reading and strengthening parent engagement a priority for the children in our state—whether by donating to the organization, becoming a Book Buddy, hosting a book drive, volunteering, or adding Reach Out and Read as a standard of care in your clinic or community by becoming a partnering site, your contribution will make a difference.

The Power of Partnerships

Reach Out and Read is supported by hundreds of trusted doctors, residents, and other medical providers across Oklahoma 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 community partners that help us reach more children each year. Generous supporters, such as the Arnall Family Foundation, E.L., and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, Inasmuch Foundation, Oklahoma State Medical Association Foundation, Love Meyer Family Foundation, Potts Family Foundation, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and the St. John Health System, ensure our medical champions positively impact families and their young children every day.

Reach Out and Read Oklahoma is proud of the many initiatives in which we are a key player:

  • Oklahoma Health Services Initiative

    Partnership with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics for purposes of increasing the number of well-child visits and developmental screenings for SoonerCare members by expanding the use of the Reach Out and Read program.

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  • Birth Through Eight Strategies for Tulsa (BEST)

    A comprehensive, multicomponent initiative that focuses on child development and family engagement in the early years to help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

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  • OK25by25

    A nonpartisan collaboration of impassioned organizations focused on eliminating the conditions that are impeding our young children from becoming a successful workforce.

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Meet Our Team

Oklahoma’s Executive Director, Lori Lake, provides statewide leadership and sets strategic priorities for all aspects of our program. Lake focuses on cultivating key strategic and funding partnerships, as well as providing direction for our work across Oklahoma.

Dr. Marny Dunlap, Oklahoma’s State Medical Director, provides further direction to the program and advocates about the importance of fostering a love of reading and strengthening parental engagement in the existing healthcare infrastructure, thus bridging the intersection between health and education.

Reach Out and Read Oklahoma’s Program Specialist, Shannon Ross maintains regular contact with sites to develop relationships with clinical and administrative staff in order to deliver ongoing programmatic support and identify additional needs. By assessing programs’ adherence to the evidence-based program model, she creates and implements technical assistance plans to support programs’ efforts to reach a higher level of program quality.

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

Lori Lake, Executive Director
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Dr. Marny Dunlap, Medical Director
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Shannon Ross, Program Specialist
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