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Reach Out and Read

The University of Nevada School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, has joined more than 2,300 Reach Out and Read (ROR) programs nationwide that are working to make books part of a healthy childhood for children ages 6 months to 5 years. The School of Medicine's Kids Healthcare Clinic is one of the first two clinics in southern Nevada to offer the program.

Reach Out and Read is a national, non-profit program that is working to make literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric primary care, so that children grow up with books and a love of reading. ROR trains doctors and nurses about the importance of reading aloud and to give books to children at pediatric check-ups from six months to five years of age, with a special focus on children growing up in poverty. Since 1989, over 50,000 pediatricians, nurses, residents and health professionals have been trained in the ROR model of early-literacy promotion and give anticipatory advice and new books at well-child visits this year.

Reach Out and Read is simple, yet highly effective concept. The program targets young children growing up in poverty and without books and features three key elements:

  • Volunteers read with children in literacy-rich pediatric clinic waiting areas.
  • Pediatricians educate parents about the importance of reading with their children every day.
  • Every child from the age of six months to five years receives a new book to take home and keep when they come in for a well-child check-up.

Dr. Renu Jain is the medical director for the Reach Out and Read program at Kids Healthcare. Dr. Beverly Neyland is the medical director for UMC Lied pediatric outpatient clinic Reach Out and Read program.

The Reach Out and Read Program at Kids Healthcare Clinic is supported by a grant from the Target Corporation.

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