Reach Out Read
Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based program that builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children. The program incorporates early literacy into primary care and pediatric practices, equipping parents with tools and knowledge to ensure that their children are prepared to learn when they start school. In 2003, two residents of Ascension St. Vincent’s Family Medicine and Residency Center recognized the value of early literacy and wanted to make an impact on the children that are patients of Ascension St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Center and their parents. They adopted Reach Out and Read and it has been touching lives ever since. The physicians, residents, faculty, and staff of Ascension St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Center have encouraged passionate engagement with books by:
- Distributing over 15,000 age & language appropriate books to disadvantaged children and their parents.
- Transforming the waiting area into a literacy-rich environment where volunteers read to children and new or gently used books can be taken home. For some, this is the only book they own.
- Holding “Read and Romp,” a successful annual community literacy event that attracts hundreds of children and their families from neighborhoods near and far.