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.
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