Reach Out & Read

Reach Out and Read is a nonprofit organization that partners with the existing healthcare infrastructure in all 50 states to bring early literacy support to over 4 million children annually, with special focus on low-income families.

Tri-County Reach Out & Read

Tri-County Health Department nurses participate in Reach Out and Read at immunization clinics and through Nurse Family Partnership. Reach Out and Read builds on the relationship between medical providers and parents to help children develop an early love of reading and the skills necessary to become good readers and succeed in school. Infants as young as six months old, and children through age five years, receive new, high quality books from Reach Out and Read, so that they will have books of their own at home.

Along with giving the books, nurses also encourage parents to read aloud to their children every day. A substantial and growing body of scientific research shows that families who participate in Reach Out and Read are more likely to read to their children, and that the children's vocabulary and early literacy skills improve significantly.