A Rx Prescription for Reading!
The American Academy of Pediatrics, AAP, recently announced a new policy encouraging all pediatricians to promote reading during every well visit check up and highlights Reach Out and Read as an intervention of choice.
Pediatricians across Georgia are prescribing reading as part of routine well visit checkups with low income children thanks to the Reach Out and Read early literacy program. Reach Out and Read Georgia partners with hundreds of pediatricians to give books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading to build a foundation for language acquisition starting at 6 months. Please support our program by making a donation today. Research shows that when a trusted doctor shares the important message of reading it become routine and as a result children arrive to school with up to a 6 month developmental edge as compared to their peers. Help us sustain and expand our reach across Georgia so that our children arrive school ready to learn and on a path towards success.
What distinguishes Reach Out and Read from other interventions is that it has a large and growing evidence base. Since 1991, the Reach Out and Read model has been studied by academic investigators in a variety of settings, providing 15 peer-reviewed research studies on the effects of the program.
Rx FOR SUCCESS
SIMPLE INTERVENTION - SIGNIFICANT IMPACT Doctors in low income communities volunteer and are trained in the Reach Out and Read program. New books are given out during doctor visits along with a prescription for families to read together. Studies show when new books are given by a trusted doctor along with advice to families children are more prepared to enter school ready to learn. Children who participate in the Reach Out and Read program show a DEVELOPMENTAL EDGE when they enter school.
A SMART INVESTMENT
"Every dollar invested in high quality early childhood education produces a 7 to 10 percent per annum return on investment." - James Heckman
IMPACT IN GEORGIA
In Georgia the vast majority of our books are distributed in high poverty areas. 6.2 million books are delivered to children nationally each year. Reach Out and Read in Georgia serves nearly 70,000 children annually, providing books at 59 program sites.
GEORGIA - THE ISSUES
If we want to ensure the future economic security of our nation, the strength of our workforce, and the health of our children, it is critical that we engage parents, and together, close the school readiness gap.
Children 5 years of age or younger living in Georgia
Children 5 years of age or younger living in poverty in Georgia (29%)
Of all Georgia's 4th graders are reading BELOW proficiently
Of Georgia's children DO NOT GRADUATE High School
Of Georgia's children do not attend preschool
Millions of children reach 4th grade without learning to read proficiently, putting them on track to drop out of school. Children whose parents read to them develop larger vocabularies.
"Growing up in poverty is one of the greatest threats to healthy child development. Poverty and financial stress can impede children's cognitive development and their ability to learn." - Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
Thanks to the our private and public partners who support our work in Georgia:
The Goizueta Foundation
The Governor's Office of Children and Families
The James M. Cox Foundation
The United Way of Greater Atlanta
The Zeist Foundation