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Reach Out and Read Arkansas Expands Into Rural Arkansas

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Preparing Children for Kindergarten

Studies show reading aloud to children from the time they are infants helps prepare them for kindergarten and increases literacy in the home.


Reach Our and Read Arkansas is focused on growing in rural Arkansas.

In an effort to ensure families in rural counties of the state have opportunities to use the newest tools to increase children’s successes in school by helping them become kindergarten ready, Reach Out and Read Arkansas began a push to inform and enroll physicians throughout Arkansas. Signing up to participate in Reach Out and Read Arkansas is simple and available here.

“The challenge of breaking the cycle of illiteracy is one we know can be successfully faced,” said Stacy Sells, consulting director of Reach out and Read Arkansas. “Studies show children as young as six-months old benefit greatly from being read to regularly. Reach Out and Read Arkansas gives clinics and physicians throughout the state what they need to help parents help their children learn to read.

“To connect clinics in Arkansas to the tools available will require resources,” Sells said, “but Arkansans have always shown their generosity. We expect them to continue that tradition.”