Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read is an early literacy initiative that brings together reading and health and wellness. The program partners with local pediatricians to promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by integrating children’s books and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud into well-child visits.
Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning in infancy. As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Reach Out and Read incorporates early literacy into pediatric practice, equipping parents with tools and knowledge to ensure that their children are prepared to learn when they start school.
Reach Out and Read serves more than 4 million children and their families annually. Reach Out and Read families read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills. During the preschool years, children served by Reach Out and Read score three to six months ahead of their non-Reach Out and Read peers on vocabulary tests. These early foundational language skills help start children on a path of success when they enter school.
The Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children has partnered with the following offices to bring Reach Out and Read to our community. For more information about becoming a Reach Out and Read site, please contact the Partnership at 252-758-8885.
600 Moye Blvd
Greenville NC 27834
118 Oakmont Drive
Greenville NC 27858