Start a Program

Medical providers may apply online to start a program to start a Reach Out and Read Program. Applications to Reach Out and Read must be submitted by a staff member of a clinic or hospital providing outpatient health supervision visits to children 6 months to 5 years of age.


About Starting a Program

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Health care providers are trained in the three-part Reach Out and Read Model to promote early literacy and school readiness:

  1. In the exam room, doctors and nurses discuss with parents the importance of reading aloud to their children every day and offer age-appropriate tips and encouragement.

  2. The healthcare provider gives every child six-months through five-years-old a new developmentally appropriate children’s book to take home and keep.

  3. In the waiting room, display information and books create a literacy-rich environment. Volunteer readers entertain the children where possible, modeling for parents the pleasures and techniques of reading aloud.

Research shows that the Reach Out and Read Model improves the home literacy environment and developmental outcomes for children growing up in low-income homes. Peer-reviewed medical literature indicates that when families participate in Reach Out and Read:

  • Parents read to their children more often,

  • Children show significant developmental gains in language and literacy, and

  • Children score higher on vocabulary tests and school readiness assessments.

To become a participating clinic in Arkansas, please sign up by completing the form below.

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