Reach Out and Read
- This strategy can help address educational disparities. The U.S. Department of Treasury has indicated that strategies that help achieve this outcome are eligible for the use of Fiscal Recovery Funds.
Investments in this strategy are SLFRF-eligible as long as they are made in qualified census tracts or are designed to assist populations or communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
- Partnership with medical providers to incorporate early literacy promotion programming into regular checkups
- Begins in infancy at the new born checkup, continues through age 5
- Medical professionals supply developmentally appropriate books and give parents guidance and support for reading together with their children
Strength of evidence
Evidence level: Proven (highest tier)
Proven (highest tier)
Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
$20 per child per year
Outcomes and impact
- Increased time spent reading, improved early literacy environment and language skills
- Demonstrated effectiveness with African American and Latino parents, including parents who speak English as a second language
Keys to successful implementation
- Providers should register with Reach Out and Read via their website to receive technical assistance in setting up and maintaining the program.
- Ensure that more than 75 percent of medical providers take the online Reach Out and Read core training to ensure the program is carried out with fidelity to the model.
- Make books easily accessible in the clinic. It should be easy for medical providers to gather some books before starting the visit.
- Consider student appropriateness when choosing books. Make sure linguistically and culturally appropriate books are available.
- Plan for program sustainability, including funding and designating a Site Coordinator on staff to manage the program.