A doctor. A family. A book. A simple solution that starts with reading aloud.
How much more could we do if every pediatric practice or clinic in this state were funded to prescribe books to young children?
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Reach Out and Read-Alabama, a program of the Alabama Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics, gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.
Books Build Better Brains
In the last 10 years, our pediatric healthcare providers in Alabama have prescribed more than 1.6 million brand-new books to the state’s youngest and most underserved children. That equates to more than 3,000 books each week that find the way into the homes of the neediest children and families throughout the state through the Reach Out and Read-Alabama program.
In 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a landmark policy statement promoting literacy as “an essential component of pediatric primary care” for all children. The policy references Reach Out and Read as an effective intervention to engage parents and prepare children to achieve their potential in school and beyond. This realized a long-term aim of Reach Out and Read to integrate early literacy promotion as a routine practice in health checkups.
The Power of Partnerships
Reach Out and Read is grateful to our network of private and public supporters, whose generosity and commitment to our mission enhance our promotion of early literacy and school readiness. These partnerships enable Reach Out and Read to serve millions of children and their families nationwide.