Reach Out and Read Program Overview

Reach Out and Read© is a national program which prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encouraging families to read together. This early-literacy program focuses on children 6 months – 5 years old, trains and supports medical providers who give books to children at well-exams, and provides advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. Reach Out and Read® builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop essential early literacy skills in young children via the existing healthcare infrastructure.

During regular pediatric check-ups, pediatricians, family physicians and nurse practitioners give new, developmentally-appropriate books to children and advise parents about the importance of reading aloud every day with their children. As a result of this evidence-based intervention, parents learn new ways to stimulate their child’s literacy development, have more books in their home, and read to their children more often. Parents are supported as their child’s first and most important teachers, and children grow up to become readers.

COVID-19 Reading Resources

Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Story Time: Dr. Grover Elmer Book Reading
#ReadTogether YouTube videos featuring our Medical Community, Friends and Family of Reach Out and Read
Coronavirus: A Book for Children (Free)
Reach Out and Read Message on COVID-19
How Reach Out and Read is Responding to COVID-19
Read Aloud Story-Time: OC Reads Facebook Group

The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorder’s Behavioral Team has developed a Coronavirus Children’s Story in English, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. In addition, they have developed two printable Daily Visual Schedules for your use.
Coronavirus Store for Kids English | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese
3-5 Year Olds Daily Schedule | 6-9 Year Olds Daily Schedule

Support Reach Out & Read OC

Your donation to Reach Out and Read, Orange County will help us support our early literacy champions, and expand the program across the county. Your generous contribution will go to purchase new children’s books, educational resources for parents, and other resources to support and enhance early literacy programming in Orange County.

Your $20 donation will support the cost of providing books to one child per year.

Your $100 donation will support 5 children or 1 child from 6 months through 5 years with a new set of age-appropriate books of their own.

Host a Book Drive

There are multiple ways to support Reach Out and Read, Orange County. Host a local book drive in your community, school, church, or place of employment by collecting new and gently-used books which will go directly to one of the many Reach Out and Read Orange County pediatric clinics. Below are resources to get you started. For questions, speak to Emma, our Reach Out and Read coordinator at (949) 752-2787.

Book Drive Fundraiser Letter
School Book Drive Flyer
Book Organization Guidelines

The Evidence

The first five years of life offer a critical window for learning, with rapid brain development that does not occur at any other time. Many children, especially from low-income families, are not read to from birth. Children who grow up without sufficient exposure to language arrive at school without basic literacy skills, and often struggle with reading in early grades.

Each year, Reach Out and Read® serves 4 million children across all 50 states, focusing on those in low-income families. As of January 2013, 6.5 million books have been given out by 12,000 medical providers, at 5,000 program sites in all 50 states and D.C.

Learn more about this evidence-based intervention.

Reach Out and Read, Orange County

AAP-OC is the regional coordinator of Reach Out and Read in Orange County. Our program currently assists 66 pediatric clinics and 150 physicians in the implementation of Reach Out and Read in their practices.

In 2018-2019, Reach Out and Read, Orange County served 129,317 children and provided 69,811 new books to children 6 months – 5 years through the Reach Out and Read Program.

Participate in Reach Out and Read, Orange County

If you are interested in learning more about the impact Reach Out and Read© has had since 1989, here is their 2017-2018 Annual Report. To read about what it takes to add this Program to your practice, read this attachment. And, if you would like to join Reach Out and Read, Orange County as a participating site, complete the online Application and Letter of Support.

Pediatrician Resources

Here are some helpful resources for you to be able to talk to parents about the importance of reading aloud to their child. Talking points for physician to parent, and also a tip sheet to give the parent hints on what they should be seeing with their child and how to help them.

Parent’s Guide
Talking with Parents About Books
Monkey Family Reading Tips (English)
Monkey Family Reading Tips (Spanish)
Developmental Disabilities Literacy Promotion Guide
Tips for Parents on How Books Help Children Cope with Stress
The Moodsters First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The Moodsters First Aid for Feelings: Un cuaderno de trabajo para ayudar a los niños a sobrellevar la pandemia de coronavirus

Also, utilize these resources in your office to encourage donations of new and gently-used books.

Book Supply by Age Descriptions
Books Needed Flyer – Kids
Books Needed Flyer – Staff Donation
Guidelines for Accepting Book Donations
Thank You Flyer
Waiting Room Flyer

For questions, contact our Reach Out and Read coordinator, Emma at (949) 752-2787.

Developmental Milestones

Reach Out and Read’s well-known chart, MILESTONES OF EARLY LITERACY DEVELOPMENT, offers information – in an easy-to-read grid – on the developmental stages (both motor and cognitive) that lay the foundation for learning to read. Targeted to ages 6 months through 5 years, the MILESTONES include tips and guidance for healthcare providers, parents, and caregivers on choosing books and reading aloud to children at different ages.

Download the English/Spanish two-sided chart here.

Newborn Talking Points (English)
Newborn Talking Points (Spanish)

Special Thanks to Our Funding Partners

Participating Clinic Sites

AltaMed Health Services – Anaheim
Altamed Health Services – Bristol St., Santa Ana
AltaMed Health Services – El Modena Clinic
AltaMed Health Services – Garden Grove
AltaMed Health Services – Huntington Beach
AltaMed Health Services – Main St., Santa Ana
Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders
CHOC Boys & Girls Club Clinic
CHOC Children’s – Orange Clinic
CHOC Clinica para Niños
CHOC Garden Grove Health Center
Coastal Kids Laguna Hills
Coastal Kids Ladera Ranch
County of Orange Health Care Agency
Friendly Pediatrics – Peter Vu, MD
Friends of Family Health Center
Health 4 Kidz Pediatrics
Hoag Medical Group Huntington Beach
Hope Clinic
Hurtt Family Health Clinic
Hurtt Family Health Clinic Satellite #2
K.B. Pediatrics
Melissa Manalo, MD
Mohan Kumaratne, MD

New Light Medical Group
Nhan Hoa Comprehensive Health Care Clinic
Pediatric & Adult Medicine
Santiago Pediatrics
Si2-Kids Care
Sierra Health Center
South Coast Pediatrics #1-Bristol
South Coast Pediatrics #2-Spurgeon
South Coast Pediatrics #3-Ball Rd.
Southern Orange County Pediatrics Association (SOCPA), Ladera Ranch
Southern Orange County Pediatrics Association (SOCPA), Lake Forest
Southern Orange County Pediatrics Association (SOCPA), Rancho Santa Margarita
St. Joseph’s Heritage Medical Group – Anaheim Hills Satellite
St. Joseph’s Heritage Medical Group – Santa Ana
St. Joseph’s Heritage Medical Group – Orange Satellite
St. Joseph’s Heritage Medical Group – Tustin
St. Jude Neighborhood Health Center
St. Jude Neighborhood Health Center – Topaz Clinic
Sunshine Kids Medical Group
Total Pediatrics Care
UCI Family Health Center – Main St., Santa Ana
UCI Medical Center Anaheim
VM Medical Group
Westminster Medical Center