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Reach Out and Read prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.  Reach Out and Read is based on a model that trains doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and to give books to children at well-child visits from six months to five years of age, with a special focus on children growing up in poverty. Pediatric waiting rooms become literacy rich environments, oftentimes with volunteer readers, where parents and children learn about the pleasure and techniques of looking at books together.

For Providers

Starting A New Reach Out and Read Program

This helpful guide for providers answers frequently asked questions about staring a Reach Out and Read program and addresses what is needed to get started and how to submit an application. To begin an application, click here.

Developmental Milestones of Early Literacy

This informative guide was written by pediatricians,  and serves to inform parents and doctors on appropriate book-related behaviors for ages 6 months through 5 years.

 Developmental Code Card

The pocket-sized Developmental Code Card is designed for pediatric care providers and lists developmental milestone for children in motor, cognitive, social emotional, language , parenting, and book use categories.


For more information, please contact:

Elise Groenewegen
Coordinator, Early Childhood Development
1400 W. Hubbard, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: 312/733-1026, ext 204
Fax: 312/733-1791