Reach Out and Read is a nonprofit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. The Reach Out and Read evidence-based program builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning in infancy. As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Reach Out and Read incorporates early literacy into pediatric practice, equipping parents with tools and knowledge to ensure that their children are prepared to learn when they start school.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital is a leading participant in the national Reach Out and Read program with Dr. Thomas Dewitt, MD, Chief of the Division of Community and General Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, an advocate and leader of Reach Out and Read serving the 2016 chair for the national organization. In addition, the RLDC has conducted translational research studies in ROR participants, finding evidence for the neurobiological influence of early exposure to books distributed through the program. Work continues with pilot studies of early reading screening at well check visits in ROR participants.