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.
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.
Support Reach Out and Read, Orange County
Your donation to Reach Out and Read, Orange County will help us to continue to help 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. A $20 donation will support the cost of providing books to one child per year.
Your $100 donation will support 5 children with the Reach Out and Read program this year, or 1 child from 6 months through 5 years with a new set of age-appropriate books of their own.
AAP-OC is the regional coordinator of Reach Out and Read in Orange County. Our program currently assists 70 pediatric clinics and 178 physicians in the implementation of Reach Out and Read in their practices.
Reach Out and Read, Orange County serves over 65,000 children per year, giving out over 34,000 new books annually. To date, we have distributed over 606,000 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 2013-2014 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.
To see the complete list of reading tips, click here
Here are some helpful videos for parents to guide them in reading aloud with their children:
Jean Ciborowski Fahey, PhD on Raising Readers
Video from Get Ready to Read!
Three Core Concepts in Early Development: Serve & Return Interaction Shapes Brain Circuitry
Video from Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child
Dr. Patricia Kuhl and Dr. Andrew Meltzoff on Brain Power: Why Early Learning Matters
Video from the 2011 NBC News Education Nation Summit
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 chart in English here.
Download the chart in Spanish here.
Participating Clinic Sites
AltaMed Health Services – Anaheim
Altamed Health Services – Bristol St., Santa Ana
AltaMed Health Services – El Modena Clinic
AltaMed Health Services – Huntington Beach
AltaMed Health Services – Main St., Santa Ana
Blanca Hampton, MD
Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders
CHOC Boys & Girls Club Clinic
CHOC Children’s – Orange Clinic
CHOC Clinica para Niños
CHOC Garden Grove Health Center
County of Orange Health Care Agency
Friendly Pediatrics – Peter Vu, MD
Friends of Family Health Center
Health 4 Kidz Pediatrics
HealthCare Partners/Huntington Beach
HealthCare Partners/Santa Ana
Healthcare Partners-Harbor/Santa Ana
Hoag Medical Group Huntington Beach
Hurtt Family Health Clinic
Hurtt Family Health Clinic Satellite #2
Melissa Manalo, MD
Mohan Kumaratne, MD
Mussarat Abidi, MD
New Light Medical Group
Nhan Hoa Comprehensive Health Care Clinic
Pediatric & Adult Medicine
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 Heritage Medical Group – Santa Ana
St. Joseph’s Heritage Medical Group – Orange Satellite
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
Westminster Medical Center