Reach Out & Read

Reach Out and ReadReach Out and Read makes literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric primary care, so that children grow up with books and a love of reading. Reach Out and Read trains doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and to give books to children at pediatric checkups from six months through five years of age, with a special focus on children growing up in poverty. By building on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers, Reach Out and Read helps families and communities encourage early literacy skills so that children enter school prepared for success in reading.

The Reach Out and Read Model

In the exam room, doctors and nurses trained in the developmental strategies of early literacy encourage parents to read aloud to their young children and offer age-appropriate tips.

The pediatric primary care provider gives every child from age six months through five years a new, developmentally appropriate book to take home and keep.

In the waiting room, displays, information, and gently used books create a literacy-rich environment. Where possible, volunteer readers entertain the children, modeling for the parents the pleasures – and techniques – of reading aloud.

Associated Reach Out and Read Programs

UW Health

All Pediatric and Family Medicine clinics

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

MEDiC Salvation Army Clinic
MEDiC Southside Clinic
MEDiC RISE Pediatrics Clinic

Access Community Health Centers

Joyce & Marshall Erdman Clinic
Wingra Clinic
William T Evjue Clinic

Other Wisconsin Reach Out and Read Programs