Reach Out & Read
Reach Out and Read is a national program designed to teach children to love books and to promote childhood literacy as a standard part of pediatric primary care. Reach Out and Read was implemented at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia in 2000 and distributes more than 1,000 books annually to children who are seen in the pediatric practice site. This program, coordinated by the Medical Center at Augusta University Residents, brings together pediatricians, educators and families. Pediatricians encourage reading by giving their young patients, ages 6 months to 5 years old, a new book during regular checkups. The Children’s Hospital of Georgia school teachers and other early childhood educators select the most appropriate books for these young patients. As the child takes home their new book, parents and families are encouraged to read to their child. Also, volunteers read to patients in the reception room.
Call 706-721-KIDS for more information.