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Reach Out and Read Georgia

 
$2,635.00 contributions
25 donors

Raised: $2635Remaining: $2365


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.

Medical providers 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. 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. 

THEbook EVIDENCE

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.
15 Independent peer-reviewed studies show that Reach Out and Read is effective in changing child outcomes.

 

Rx FOR SUCCESSstethoscope

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.


children, a smart investmentA SMART INVESTMENT
"Every dollar invested in high quality early childhood education produces a 7 to 10 percent per annum return on investment."
- James Heckman



 

90 percent of a child's brain is formed in the first five years.

GEORGIA - THE IMPACT AND ISSUES

In Georgia the vast majority of our books are distributed in high poverty areas. Reach Out and Read Georgia medical providers have conducted 1,636,207 well child visits and distributed 1,408,793 books since the program started in 1996. We value the partnership with have with over 700 medical providers in Georgia who volunteer their time and resources to reach over 90,000 children and families at 101 program sites in 67 counties. 

Millions of children across the country reach 4th grade without learning to read proficiently, putting them often on track to drop out of school. Children whose parents read to them develop larger vocabularies and are more successful in school and life. 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.  

240,000
Children in Georgia 5 years of age and younger live in poverty
66%
Of ALL Georgia's 4th graders are not reading proficiently
41%
Of Georgia's children do not graduate High School
51%
Of Georgia's children do not attend preschool
95,176
Children are served by our program
159,074
Books were distributed this year

"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

Thanks to our private and public partners:

The Alice Huffard Richards Fund

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation


The Goizueta Foundation

The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services

The Georgia Department of Public Health

The Governor's Office of Children and Families

The James M. Cox Foundation

Macy's

Pi Beta Phi

The United Way of Greater Atlanta by way of The Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation

The Zeist Foundation

 

Brenda B donated $50.00
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 6:07 PM
by Anonymous donated $100.00
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 9:51 AM
Catherine M donated $100.00
Friday, November 18, 2016 9:02 AM
by Anonymous donated $250.00
Thursday, November 17, 2016 10:50 PM
by Anonymous donated $250.00
Thursday, November 17, 2016 10:49 PM
Marguerite W donated $250.00
Thursday, November 17, 2016 10:09 PM

Updates and Donors' Comments

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Catherine M11/18/2016 9:02:19 AM

Reach Out and Read is a smart investment in our children's future!

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Cami and Steve N11/17/2016 4:49:46 PM

Get on board to provide some great board books for Georgia's children!

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Caroline E11/17/2016 4:24:51 PM

Reach Out and Read Georgia does an AMAZING job!!

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Debbie B11/17/2016 4:16:33 PM

Great Job Team Erickson - ROR GA