Reach Out and Read Carolinas (ROR) is part of a national evidence-based model program that builds on the relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, by making it a standard part of regular pediatric check-ups. Evidence shows that the children served annually by Reach Out and Read are engaged in reading with their parents more often, and enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and better prepared to succeed.
Doctors and nurse practitioners at Reach Out and Read partnering medical practices in Wake County, are trained to provide early literacy guidance to parents of children 6 months – 5 years of age during each well-child visit. This guidance focuses on age-appropriate strategies to encourage parent and child engagement while reading aloud. In the exam room, the provider gives the child a new, developmentally and culturally–appropriate children’s book to take home, building a collection of 10 new books in the home before the child goes to kindergarten. Literacy-rich waiting areas at the medical practice reinforce the prescription for reading.
Want to learn more about this program? Please contact Anna Troutman, Wake County SmartStart or call (919) 851-9550.
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