NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, featuring Scott Air Force Base

On October 11,2011, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams featured a story on Reach Out and Read’s Military Initiative.  The piece was filmed at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, a Reach Out and Read Illinois Site.  Please click here to view the video clip.

Reading aloud to children is a proven technique to help them cope with stress and anxiety, whether it is because of natural disaster, separation from a parent, or another difficult situation. Because of the unique pressures on military families, including separation, deployment, injury, or even the death of a parent, Reach Out and Read launched an initiative in 2006 to deliver our model to military children nationwide.

Given the countless sacrifices that members of our Armed Services and their families make for our country, they deserve nothing but the best – including quality health care and proven school readiness strategies. With early support from the Department of Defense, Reach Out and Read began implementing its literacy program at targeted U.S. military healthcare facilities, laying the foundation for one day serving all military families with young children.

The military healthcare system provides full and systematic primary care for the children of military families. Reach Out and Read has the potential to reach all these children, without building additional infrastructure, through a system parents already know.

Reach Out and Read’s Impact in the Military To Date
  • 47 U.S. military bases currently participate in Reach Out and Read.
  • More than 90,000 children of military families participate in Reach Out and Read annually.
  • Reach Out and Read now serves more than 25% of all children 5 and under who get their care at a military treatment facility.
  • View the map and list of all U.S. military bases participating in Reach Out and Read.

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