Reach Out & Read
Pediatric Associates of Durango participates in two great programs to inspire a love of reading at a young age. Reach Out & Read and Bright by Three encourage reading with your children from birth.
Here is some information about Reach Out & Read from their website http://www.reachoutandread.org/. Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by integrating children’s books and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud into well-child visits.
Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning in infancy. As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Reach Out and Read incorporates early literacy into pediatric practice, equipping parents with tools and knowledge to ensure that their children are prepared to learn when they start school.
Reach Out and Read serves more than 4 million children and their families annually. Reach Out and Read families read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills. During the preschool years, children served by Reach Out and Read score three to six months ahead of their non-Reach Out and Read peers on vocabulary tests. These early foundational language skills help start children on a path of success when they enter school.
Here at Pediatric Associates of Durango every child will be given a free book at each well-visit from age 6 months- 5 years old. These books are hand-picked to support developmental milestones for each age group.