Prepares America's kids to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.
Reach Out and Read Alabama has prescribed One Million Books!
In the last eight years, over 300 medical providers in 67 practices and clinics have prescribed over one million brand new books to Alabama’s youngest and neediest children. These books are more than the stories inside...they are the key to unlocking the potential in every child in Alabama, and that is where Reach Out and Read steps in. We prepare America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.
“I’m thrilled and honored that Reach Out and Read has impacted the lives of so many children and families across Alabama,” said Reach Out and Read Alabama’s Statewide Coordinator Polly McClure. “Every day, our doctors and nurses are working hard to encourage families to share the joy of reading at home, and start children on a lifelong path of success in school and in life. Reach Out and Read is truly where great stories begin.”
Reach Out and Read’s model includes providing a new, age-appropriate book for each child to take home at every checkup from six months through five years. Along with the free book for every child, doctors and nurses offer guidance to parents about the importance of reading aloud with their children every day.
In Alabama, Reach Out and Read serves more than 150,000 children each year via 67 clinical locations. Doctors and nurses across the state distribute more than 128,000 new books to children each year. Since January 2006, Reach Out and Read Alabama has served 1.5 million children.
All of these activities share one important message: Read aloud to your children daily! Because of the unique relationship that pediatric healthcare providers share with families, linking this message to the importance of healthy brain development makes an impact and difference in behavior. Reach Out and Read is a proven intervention, supported by 15 independent, published research studies. During the preschool years, children served by Reach Out and Read score three to six months ahead of their non-Reach Out and Read peers on vocabulary tests, preparing them to start school on target.
According to Voices for Alabama’s Kids Count Data Book 2013, 27.6 percent of Alabama’s children live in poverty and 34 percent of them live in single-parent households. New books and advice to parents through Reach Out and Read may be the only chance for these children to have access to a life of learning.