Reach Out and Read Virginia
Reach Out and Read Virginia
Reach Out and Read Virginia serves babies, toddlers, and preschoolers growing up in diverse communities at more than 116 health clinics throughout the state.

Investing in Impact.

With 116 program sites at hospitals, clinics and doctor’s offices across Virginia, we provide more than 102,206 children and their families across Virginia with a “prescription to read”, resources that promote early childhood literacy and family bonding.

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 Virginia 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 Commonwealth.
102,206
children served annually
116 program sites
in Virginia
103,797
books distributed
Help build home libraries for children in Virginia.
Give the gift of reading aloud to a child in need.
Get Involved

Reach Out and Read Virginia 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 Virginia whether by donating to the organization, or by starting a site at your own clinical practice, your contribution make a difference.

We Want to Hear From You!

Whether you have a question about our program, how to get involved, donate books,  or site information, we want to hear from you. Our team is ready to answer all of your questions.

Callee Boulware, Regional Executive Director
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Drew Laurens, Regional Director of Development
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Carolyn Merrifield, Regional Programs Director
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Teandra Ramos-Hardy, Regional Director of
Medical Engagement
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Suzanne Metcalf, Regional Communications Director
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Bergen Nelson, MD, MS, Virginia Medical Director

Contact Dr. Nelson