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


“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 including daily shared reading. Over two dozen ​studies confirm the effectiveness of this model.


We also believe that something as important as literacy promotion should be universally accessible to the ​region’s children and families. Since just about every child attends well child visits, embedding our program into ​pediatric primary care helps us ensure that we are reaching the children who need the program the most.


our Impact

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


  • Families are 2.5X more likely to report ​enjoying reading together


  • In participating families, 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


Our Region

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


Last year by the numbers:

Dad read's storybook to baby daughter

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 26 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

662,148

3,661

Children aged 0-5

Books distributed

Clinical partners

528

Clinical 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!

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.


AVAILABLE IN:

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

COMING SOON IN:

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

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.

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THE MAKING OF OUR BOOK

Behind The Scenes

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ST LOUIS PROGRAMS RECEIVE A BIG GIFT!


Illustrator cbabi bayoc donated 1,000 copies of Talk Baby Talk! to Reach Out and Read Programs in his ​community. Watch him read Talk Baby Talk! to patients at Cardinal Glennon:


St. Louis Programs Receive A Big Gift!


Illustrator cbabi bayoc donated 1,000 copies of Talk Baby Talk! to Reach Out and Read Programs in his community.


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RESOURCES

RESOURCES

For Parents And Caregivers

Storytime with baby
  • 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

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CHECK OUT ​THESE ​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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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