Reading isReach Out and Read Carolinas is part of the nationwide Reach Out and Read organization.
Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.
Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals incorporate Reach Out and Read's evidence-based model into regular pediatric checkups, by advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally-appropriate books to children. The program begins at the 6-month checkup and continues through age 5, with a special emphasis on children growing up in low-income communities. Families served by Reach Out and Read read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills, better prepared to achieve their potential.
Each year Reach Out and Read North Carolina serves over 136,000 children at 153 clinics in North Carolina!
Each year Reach Out and Read South Carolina serves over 98,000 children at 134 clinics in South Carolina! Over 60% of the SC Medicaid population is currently being served by a Reach Out and Read program.