Investing in Impact.
With 15 program sites at hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices across DC, we provide more than 26,500 children and their families 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.
children served annually
in Washington, DC
Reach Out and Read 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 Washington, DC 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
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Suzanne Metcalf, Regional Communications Director
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Emily Kate Smith, Regional Development Manager
Jennifer Tender, MD, Medical Director Washington, DC
Sherri Watkins, Northern Virginia / Greater Washington, DC Program Manager