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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 (ROR) trains doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading alousd and to give books to children at pediatric check-upf 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, ROR helps families and communities encourage early literacy skills so children enter school prepared for success in reading.
Froma single program at Boston City Hospital in 1989, ROR has expanded to more than 3,200 clinical sites in hospitals, health centers, and private pediatric and family practices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
There are 78 ROR sites across Upstate NY.
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