Reach Out and Read, Northeast

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BUILDING A WORLD...

Where every child is read to every day

Our MOdel

Reach Out and Read is a national nonprofit that gives children a ​foundation for success by incorporating early literacy and relational ​health promotion into pediatric primary care. For more than three ​decades, our specially trained pediatric professionals have sent ​families home from their checkups with a new book and a ​prescription to read together every day.

More than a book giveaway program


“Pediatricians amplify the impact of giving families a book by combining the gift with advice from a ​trusted source about why it is important to read together every day.“

-- Alex Chu, RORNE Executive Director


We believe that there is no better way to help parents support their children’s development than by having a trusted medical ​caregiver promote positive parenting behaviors like daily shared reading. Over two dozen studies confirm the effectiveness of this ​model.


We also believe that something as important as early literacy and relational health promotion should benefit all children. Since just ​about every child attends well child visits, delivering the program at those visits helps ensure that we are reaching the children who ​need Reach Out and Read the most.


OUR IMPACT

  • Reach out and Read is the only national pediatric ​literacy model endorsed by the American Academy of ​Pediatrics


  • Participating families are 2.5X more likely to report ​enjoying reading together and those parents are 2.5X ​more likely to read to their children


  • Children’s language ability improves with increased ​exposure to Reach Out and Read -- typically by 3-6 ​months


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The Northeast region includes Connecticut, ​Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, ​and Upstate New York.


Last year by the numbers:

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OUR COMMITment to

representation

We believe that the books we provide to our clinics should ​authentically reflect the identities and experiences of the children ​they care for.


We are working to increase the diversity of our program books by ​enhancing the representation of their makers and the characters ​they portray.


We strive to provide families with books in the languages they ​speak at home and currently offer bilingual books in 28 languages.


Because diverse books tend to be more expensive and harder to ​find, we decided to publish our own!


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OUR PRIORITY

Although all children deserve and benefit from ​participating in the program, we prioritize children in ​historically marginalized communities who benefit the ​most. As part of our effort to expand with equity, we ​are working to increase our partnerships with ​Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), rural ​clinics and practices with a high percentage of patients ​covered by Medicaid.

our region

The Northeast region includes Connecticut, ​Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, ​​and Upstate New York. AND, coming soon, ​Maine!

435,253

Children aged 0-5

662,148

Books distributed

3,661

Clinical partners

528

Clinic sites

OUR FIRST BOOK

Talk Baby Talk!

Whether it's bathtime, mealtime, ​or playtime, every time of day is ​baby talk time!


This playful book provides rich ​vocabulary as well as the fun sounds and ​babble that babies love. Talking to and ​reading with your baby in this way helps ​prepare the brain for learning language.

ONLY AVAILABLE FROM

REACH OUT AND READ!

AVAILABLE IN:

English and bilingual spanish, ​portuguese, haitian creole, ​pashto, and dari

COMING SOON IN:

Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Hmong, ​Tagalog and Vietnamese

THE MAKING OF OUR BOOK

Behind The Scenes

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PRAISE FOR TALK BABY TALK!

Sounds are the building blocks of language, ​and young children learn about them from ​the loving, caring adults around them. What ​better way to facilitate that process than a ​lovely book like this one blending sounds with ​everyday aspects of family life?”

-- Dipesh Navsaria MD, MPH, MSLIS, FAAP

We are excited to give new parents and ​caregivers this beautiful book. It celebrates the ​many ways that babies and trusted adults ​communicate with each other because those ​early interactions are so important.


When a baby babbles, gestures, or cries, and an ​adult responds lovingly -- with eye contact, ​words, or an enfolding hug -- that response has ​a powerful impact. Supportive, responsive ​relationships with caregivers promote a young ​child's lifelong physical, cognitive, and emotional ​health.


MEET OUR CREATORS...

AUTHOR, TRICIA ELAM WALKER

Tricia Elam Walker is an award-winning author, attorney ​and educator. Her children's books include Nana Akua ​Goes to School and Dreamstreet.

Illustrator, cbabi bayoc

Cbabi Bayoc is an internationally-known visual artist and ​illustrator whose previous work includes Good Night ​Racism.

TALK BABY TALK!

In the news

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Investing in early childhood literacy is ​essential for the success of our children. ​Evidence-based literacy learning programs ​like Reach Out and Read play a crucial role in ​fostering a love for reading and language ​development among young learners.

-- Maura Healey

Massachusetts Governor, Maura Healey read Talk Baby Talk! to ​Reach Out and Read participants at Lynn Community Health ​Center. Photo courtesy of Joshua Qualls (learn more here)

Author, Tricia Elam Walker (Left) joined Leonard and Clarissa ​Egerton at a launch event at Frugal Bookstore, their community ​hub in Tricia’s in hometown of Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Illustrator Cbabi Bayoc personally delivered ​one of the thousand books he generously ​donated to Reach Out and Read programs in ​his St. Louis, Missouri community.

RESOURCES

For Parents And Caregivers

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  • Babies love it when you sing, talk, and ​read to ​them!


  • Your baby will love books because your ​baby ​loves your voice.


  • Point to the pictures and say what ​things are, ​ask questions about what ​you see.


  • Read together at naptime, playtime, ​bedtime, ​anytime -- make it a daily ​routine!


  • Make up funny voices for the ​characters.


  • Let your child help turn the pages.


Parent ​Resources

LITERACY RESOURCES


Find Your Local Library this career site lists public libraries by location.


Reading Together/Leyendo Juntos: A fun, colorful 1-page tip sheet in English and Spanish.


We Need Diverse Books’ Resources for Parents, Educators, and Librarians


ROR Diverse And Inclusive Books List


What Children Like In Books, a simple guide to books children like and respond to at every ​developmental stage in English and Spanish


DEVELOPMENTAL RESOURCES


Milestone Moments Booklet, 2021 CDC milestone checklists by age for parents and ​caregivers


Family Pocket Guide (in English and Spanish, written for families by families)


CDC Milestone Tracker Mobile App (English and Spanish)


Birth To 5 – Watch Me Thrive


HCDC Pediatrics -- Comprehensive resources for providers and caregivers


EmbraceRace - Resources for raising children who are thoughtful, informed, and brave ​about race.

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CHECK OUT ​THESE ​RESOURCES!

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THE POWER OF PARTNERSHIPS

Reach Out and Read Northeast could not serve the ​hundreds of thousands of families it does each year ​without the help of generous government, ​foundation, corporate, and individual partners. We ​are grateful to every individual and entity that helps ​us fulfill our mission. Please see our most recent ​annual report for a complete list of our partners.

Help put a book into ​the hands of a child ​who needs one!


Encouraging a child to read

Reach Out and Read is 501(c)3 nonprofit that gives young ​children a foundation for success by incorporating books into ​pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud ​together.


Alex Chu , Regional Executive Director

northeast@reachoutandread.org

89 South Street, Suite 201

Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617.455.0600

EIN is 04-3481253