Program Site Spotlight-Gadsden Pediatric Clinic

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On March 6, Gadsden Pediatric Clinic kicked off their Reach Out and Read-Alabama program with a “Seuss-tastic” celebration, joining other children and families across the nation for the 20th year of Read Across America. 

We are so excited to start a Reach Out and Read program at our office! As pediatricians, we know that reading aloud to children is vital to their language development and future school success. By providing and prescribing a book at each well child visit up through age 5, we hope to encourage families to read aloud together daily.
— Dr. Claire Yother, one of the medical coordinators for the program in the clinic

Partners, including United Way of Etowah County/Success by Six and Help Me Grow-Alabama, provided a brand-new Dr. Seuss book for the pediatricians to prescribe to each child seeing the doctor at their event. They will continue to support the program with new books and assistance with events throughout the year.

Out of the more than 6,600 children five years and under in Etowah County, Gadsden Pediatric Clinic sees 1,250 annually. According to Voices for Alabama’s Children 2017 Kids Count Data Book, 34.4 percent of these children live in poverty and 32.2 percent are living in single parent homes.

View the media coverage from the event here.