The Reach Out and Read Coaltion of Greater New York was created to offer support and guidance and to share resources with the growing list of pediatric literacy program.
Reach Out and Read is an innovative national pediatric early literacy program that introduces children as young as six months of age to the world of books through the combined efforts of pediatricians, educators and volunteer readers. The Coaltion represents 40 area hospitals and community health centers with more than 58 sites in the five boroughs of New York City, as well as in Westchester and northern New Jersey providing books at apporimately 400,000 well child visits per year.
by tarna B. from Wappingers Falls, NY
I was a waiting room reader at Lord Memorial Building/ Children's Aid Society for a short time, and found that the staff were very supportive of the Reach Out and Read (ROR) early literacy initiative. The front desk staff were eager to direct parents to the reading area, and explain what I was doing, and how important it is to read to their children as early and as often as possible. As a volunteer, I was grateful to them for supporting me and ROR's cause. Thumbs up to the folks at the Lord Memorial center for making my experience as a Reach Out and Read volunteer an unforgettable one, but, more crucial than that, for making the "Reach Out and Read" mission a successful reality by keeping the waiting room and visiting room book shelves well stocked with eye-catching picture books: An organization, no matter how worthy on its own, is only as good as its supporting anchors; the people who engage it. Yes, therefore, I would very likely recommend this organization to a friend or colleague