ReachOut and Read Program | Early Literacy and Child Development

ReachOut and Read Program

Early Literacy and Child Development


The ReachOut and Read program at Dare2Care Pediatrics is an innovative and impactful initiative designed to foster early literacy and language development in young children. Recognizing the critical role that early exposure to books and reading plays in a child’s cognitive and emotional growth, this program integrates literacy promotion into pediatric care.


Our mission is to prepare children for success in school and beyond by encouraging parents to read aloud to their children from an early age. We aim to create a culture of reading that begins in the pediatric exam room and extends into the home and community.

Program Highlights:

  1. Book Distribution:
    • At each well-child visit, from infancy through age five, children receive a new, developmentally appropriate book to take home. This not only builds their home library but also provides a tangible tool for parents to engage in reading with their child.
  2. Parental Guidance:
    • Our pediatricians and nurse practitioners offer guidance and support to parents on the importance of reading aloud. They provide practical tips and strategies to make reading a joyful and regular part of family routines.
  3. Creating a Literacy-Rich Environment:
    • The waiting and examination rooms at Dare2Care Pediatrics are designed to be literacy-rich environments, filled with books, colorful posters, and information on the benefits of reading. This sets the stage for a positive and encouraging atmosphere where children and parents can explore books together.
  4. Community Partnerships:
    • We collaborate with local libraries, schools, and community organizations to ensure that families have access to a wide range of literacy resources and programs beyond our clinic. These partnerships help reinforce the message that reading is vital and fun.
  5. Professional Training:
    • Our healthcare providers receive specialized training in early literacy development and the ReachOut and Read program principles. This equips them with the knowledge and skills to effectively support and motivate families in their reading journey.


Since its inception, the ReachOut and Read program at Dare2Care Pediatrics has made a significant impact on the families we serve. Studies have shown that children who participate in ReachOut and Read enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills, setting a foundation for academic success. Parents involved in the program are more likely to read to their children regularly, fostering a love of books and learning.

How to Get Involved:

Families can participate in the ReachOut and Read program by scheduling their well-child visits at Dare2Care Pediatrics. Community members and organizations interested in supporting the program can contribute by donating books or funds, or by volunteering to assist with our literacy events and activities.


The ReachOut and Read program at Dare2Care Pediatrics is more than just a reading initiative; it is a commitment to nurturing the minds and futures of our youngest patients. By empowering parents and providing children with the tools they need to thrive, we are helping to build a brighter, more literate future for our community.

You can learn more about Reach Out and Read program and overview here

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