Thank you for checking on Literacy Programs at the Reading & Literacy Discovery Center. This link includes information from some of our partners regarding early childhood literacy. Two key programs that are currrently in place through CIncinnati Children's that connect the Cincinnati community with national literacy outreach efforts are Reach Out and Read, and the Imagination Library. More information about both of these programs is included below. You can also find the link to the national programs in our Partners.
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. This program gives age appropriate books to children of low income families at each well-check visit they make to see their pediatrician.
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 as the 2016 chair for the national organization. With more than 5,500 distribution sites, Reach Out and Read distributes more than 6.5 million books per year. Dr. Greg Szumlas, MD and Tiana Henry lead the program for Cincinnati Childrens and also collaborate with the RLDC on translational research studies in ROR participants.
Launched by country music star Dolly Parton and The Dollywood Foundation, the Imagination Library provides pre-school aged children with a free hardcover book every month from birth to the age of five. Over 900,000 children under the age of five receive books from the Imagination Library each month in the United Sates. Over 40 million books have been delivered to children since the program began in 1996. Currently, the Imagination Library has programs in over 1,700 communities across Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital joined the Imagination Library in 2015 in a partnership with Cincinnati Public Schools and Every Child Capital and will enroll 8000 children in the book distribution program by the end of 2016. Tiana Henry who coordinates the Imagination Library program in Cincinnati, along with Greg Szumlas, MD, who also directs Reach Out and Read at Cincinnati Children’s, are members of the Reading & Literacy Discovery Center and regular participants in planning programs and activities of the Center. We are also exploring research opportunities with local Imagination Library participants to assess the impact that book availability is having long term on kindergarten readiness and 3rd grade reading proficiency.
Our Resource Directory also has links to literacy services.