#WATWB: Helping Children to Read

In the month of December, as a holiday challenge, most of the offices in the region in which I work donate to a charitable cause. Over the years, recipients of physical and cash donations have included local animal shelters, Toys for Tots, Coats for Kids, domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, Glory Honor flights, and food pantries. The office in which I work is small, so we tend to give a cash donation to whatever organization we agree upon. In a 2018 quest to visit the Appleton Public Library more often and actually read books, I came across “Reach Out and Read Partners – Fox Cities.” 

From the Appleton Public Library website: Individuals, businesses and organizations are invited to donate new children’s books to the 2018 Reach Out and Read Book Campaign. The children’s books will be given to clinics participating in Reach Out and Read Partners – Fox Cities. This program gives children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

Reach Out and Read – Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin

“Reach Out and Read prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with clinicians to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. The program begins at the 6-month checkup and continues through age 5, with a special emphasis on children growing up in poverty. Ages 0-5 are the most critical for brain and language development, and parents and caregivers play a crucial role in their child’s development. Children who are read to at an early age develop a lifetime love of books and learning.

The evidence-based Reach Out and Read model is supported by 16, independent, peer-reviewed, published studies. Parents involved with Reach Out and Read spend more time reading with their children, and their children gain important language skills. No other early childhood literacy program has this kind of evidence base or impact.”

The “Reach Out and Read model” link will send you to its Mission Statement. “Reach Out and Read medical providers work with families to prepare all children to enter kindergarten ready to read, learn, and succeed. Research shows that children who start school on track are more likely to reach their full educational, social, and life potential.”

In addition to the obvious aspect of this program, Reach Out and Read also understands the importance of providing math skills to young children.

April 4, 2018: “It is with great pleasure that the National Board of Directors of Reach Out and Read acknowledges the generous gift from the Heising-Simons Foundation of $914,000 to fund an innovative enhancement to Reach Out and Read’s award-winning model: Books Count – Reach Out and Read’s Early Math Initiative. Heising-Simons Foundation’s investment supports a five-state rollout of Books Count over the next two years. In that time, Reach Out and Read will reach 10,000 children, providing them and their families with the tools and guidance to foster crucial foundational math skills before the age of 5; the organization will then be well positioned to bring Books Count to the rest of its national network, benefiting over 5 million children by 2020.”

Reach Out and Read is the only national literacy program delivered through pediatric care providers. More than 90% of children under age six have visited a medical provider for a check-up in the past year, and medical providers are highly trusted by parents, making them ideal ambassadors for the importance of reading with children, even from birth. With a network of over 32,000 providers and 6,000 clinical sites, Reach Out and Read provides 4.7 million children and their families with books, tips, and guidance for reading aloud together. Reach Out and Read families are two-and-a-half times more likely to read together every day.


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12 responses to #WATWB: Helping Children to Read

  1. Dan Antion says:

    That sounds like a wonderful program and a really good way to deliver the message and the service. Great story to share tor WATW

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Dan. I was really thrilled that our office donated to the cause of this program in December. It’s a wonderful thing that they do!

  2. Syl Stein says:

    Love this program and what a positive message they are spreading. Just loved it!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Syl, I’m extremely happy that the program exists and is helping to make readers and mathematicians out of young children. Those skills are so important!

  3. JoAnna says:

    This is so important. I’ve volunteered with first graders helping them with reading. It’s fun an rewarding. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. Reach Out and Read sounds like a terrific program! How great to provide 4.7 million children and their families with books, tips, and guidance for reading aloud together. I am heartened that families who participate are 2-1/2 times more likely to read together every day. What an inspirational story. Thanks for sharing.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You’re welcome, Lizbeth. Thanks for stopping by to read about this awesome initiative. The more that children have access to books and the ability to read them, the better off this world will be.

  5. Susan Scott says:

    Great post Mary thank you! The idea seems to be spreading that children who are read to from a young age will learn to read better too and succeed better too – and as your post also illustrates, maths can be taught in a story like way. I guess books don’t have to be new though – good 2nd hand books donated would help in costs?

  6. Peter Nena says:

    Whoever helps the children helps entire generations. This is one of the best programs I have heard of. Fostering the culture of reading in children opens up their minds to limitless possibilities. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You’re welcome, Peter. I believe that books are important for children in developing their knowledge, compassion. creativity and open-mindedness. This program allows parents to see their kids grow in their reading and math skills and gives them hope for bright futures.

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