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Reach Out and Read is a national nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy by making books a routine part of pediatric primary care. Reach Out and Read enhances the literacy development of children by reaching them at an early age and providing parents with the information, support, and materials they need to make books a part of their children's lives.
Volunteers read to children in the clinic waiting room, modeling read aloud techniques for parents of young children. Then, during each well-child visit from six months to five years, in the exam room, the provider gives the child a new, developmentally appropriate children's book to take home. Doctors and nurses also spend time talking to parents about the importance of early literacy and reading to their children at home. This program especially focuses on increasing early literacy skills for children from low-income families.
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