2024 Leadership Conference

Moments That Matter: Strengthening Early Relationships Through Systems Change

May 15-17, 2024 | New York
The Scholastic Building | 130 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10012
New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge | 333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

You are invited to the 2024 Reach Out and Read Leadership Conference!

We hope you’ll choose to join us at the Leadership Conference. We are grateful for your partnership with and commitment to Reach Out and Read!

Our Leadership Conference brings together about 250 Reach Out and Read community leaders, partners, funders, and stakeholders focused on promoting healthy outcomes for young children. Our 2024 gathering is focused on growing and strengthening the Reach Out and Read movement and sustainably changing systems that impact children, families, and communities.

Conference Schedule


Wednesday, May 15 

Day: Arrive in New York City

1 p.m.: Networking or NYC bus tour

5:30-8:30 p.m.: Welcome reception sponsored by Scholastic
Keynote: Tami Charles, bestselling author: Permission to Feel: How Stories Fuel Learning and Teach Empathy

By Invitation
12-5 p.m.: From Research to Practice to Policy: Promoting Early Relational Health, at Scholastic


Thursday, May 16

7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Sessions at New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
Featured speaker: Rita Joseph, New York City Council Member
Keynote: James M. Perrin, MD, FAAP: Improving the Health and Well-being of Children through Healthcare System Transformation

6:30-9 p.m.: Reception sponsored by All About Books at New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge


Friday, May 17

7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Sessions and lunch at the Marriott

1 p.m.: Departure


Download the full agenda here.


Reach Out and Read will provide all meals and materials for the conference. Attendees are responsible for their own travel and accommodations.

General registration closed January 5, 2024.

Please reach out to Hannah Ongman with any registration questions.

Lodging Information

The majority of the conference will be held at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge (333 Adams St. Brooklyn, NY 11201).

Reach Out and Read has arranged a first-come, first-served room block at a discounted rate. Book your stay here. If you’d prefer to call in your reservation, you can do so at (888) 436-3759. Please reference Reach Out and Read Leadership Conference. The room block closes Tuesday, April 16.

A two-minute walk from the Jay Street-MetroTech subway station, the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge is an eight-minute walk from the Brooklyn Bridge and two miles from the One World Trade Center observation deck.

Sleek rooms have flat-screen TVs, wifi (for a fee), and desks, plus minifridges and coffeemakers; some add pull-out sofas and/or or city views. Suites offer living areas; some include balconies and/or kitchenettes. Club quarters provide access to a lounge with free breakfast and snacks. The hotel features a relaxed American restaurant, a bar and a snack shop, as well as an indoor pool, a spa and a fitness center.

Thank you to our sponsors!