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Early Literacy Initiatives

Reach Out and Read Carolinas

Phone

984-275-4224

Early Literacy Initiatives will promote parent engagement and parenting practices in Wake County by providing activities, education, and resource materials through two literacy programs: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Reach Out and Read (see below). These initiatives will create community awareness of the importance of early literacy through well-child pediatric visits, as well as increase young children’s access to books. Activity staff will work with local medical providers, childcare centers, public libraries, elementary schools, and agencies/groups that serve young children and families in Wake County. In addition, Early Literacy Initiatives will provide outreach through social media and community events.

Reach Out and Read Carolinas partners with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Doctors and nurses are trained to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud together and to give new books to children at pediatric well child visits (check-ups). By making reading aloud a daily activity, Reach Out and Read helps ensure that every child has the healthy foundation they need—cognitively, socially, and emotionally.

NEXT STEP

For more information about Wake County Smart Start’s work around Early Literacy Initiatives, please contact Denise Rossi, Program Specialist, Early Literacy.

MANAGING AGENCY

Early Literacy Initiatives are funded and managed by Wake County Smart Start.

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