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Reach Out and Read makes literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric primary care, so that children grow up with books and a love of reading. Reach Out and Read trains doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and to give books to children at pediatric check-ups from six months to five years of age, with a special focus on children growing up in poverty. By building on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers, Reach Out and Read helps families and communities encourage early literacy skills so children enter school prepared for success in reading.
H.E.L.P. is the How Lane Early Literacy Project, which is the local affiliate to the national Reach Out and Read program. This program provides books to children 6 months to five years of age at their doctor visits. The program incorporates reading aloud, advice for parents, and books into the clinic visit, so that young children and their families get help with early literacy as a part of their routine health care. Volunteers are needed to read to children during clinic hours in the waiting room.
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