Reach Out and Read, Northeast

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Envisioning a world ...

where every child has the relationships essential to thrive


who we are and what we do

In partnership with a national network of clinicians, Reach Out and ​Read harnesses the power of pediatric primary care to reach families ​and uses it to promote early literacy and healthy family relationships. ​The only national pediatric literacy model endorsed by the American ​Academy of Pediatrics, Reach Out and Read annually serves 4.4 million ​children and families. Nearly half a million of those families live in the ​Northeast region.

More than a book giveaway program

“Reach Out and Read is so much more than a book giveaway program. Pediatric ​practitioners amplify the impact of giving ​families a book by combining the gift ​with advice from a trusted source about how and why to use it.“

-- 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


  • Participating families are 2.5X more likely to report ​enjoying reading together and those caregivers 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:

Mother and Baby Girl Reading a Book

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 programming in Fed​erally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), rural clini​cs and practices with a high percentage of patients c​overed by Med​icaid.

our region

The Northeast region includes Connecticut, ​Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, ​Vermont, ​and Upstate New York. (We will be ​launching programs in Maine beginning in July!)

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 store which ​serves as a 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