Reach Out and Read, Northeast

Facebook Circle Logo
Simple Instagram Icon
Simple Youtube Icon
Simple Twitter Icon
LinkedIn Logo 蓝白领英社交媒体

Reach Out and Read In

Federally Qualified Health Centers


Reach Out and Read is a national nonprofit with programs in every state that gives young children ​a foundation for success by incorporating early literacy and relational health promotion into ​pediatric primary care. Our mission is to promote children's literacy and social-emotional health ​during the span of rapid brain growth and development between birth and age five. We want ​families to leave their well child visits with the resources they need to help their children thrive.

our partnership with ​health centers

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 ​partnership with Federally Qualified Health Centers ​(FQHCs)

Some of the questions on our National application ​do not apply to FQHCs. Our FQHC Team is here to ​help you navigate the application. Contact them ​today!

PROGRAM benefits

for clinics

  • When delivered with fidelity, Reach Out and ​Read improves provider satisfaction and ​enhances patient-provider relationships. ​Practitioners routinely report that giving a child ​a book is the highlight of their day.

  • Parents in participating practices are more ​likely to rate their pediatrician as helpful.

  • Staff at successful sites express heightened ​commitments to their community and show ​higher levels of teamwork.

  • Participation reduces practitioner stress and ​burnout.


  • It’s FUN! Giving a child a beautiful new book is a ​great way to start a visit.

  • The book is a valuable tool for developmental ​assessment.

  • Books engage and calm anxious children.

  • Clinicians appreciate being able to offer caregivers ​meaningful, positive literacy promotion messages.

  • Delivering the program creates opportunities for ​positive caregiver/child interactions and builds ​stronger provider connections with the family.

  • Books help spark conversations about important ​topics like sleep routines, nutrition, and school ​readiness.

Reach Out and read

enhances pediatric practice

our commitment to healthy programs

Doctor with smiling baby

Program Support

  • Development support: ROR fundraises on ​behalf of it its clinics and provides FQHCs with ​100% of the funding they need to run the ​program.

  • Training: We offer on-line, program specific ​training for providers and support staff, as ​well as access to a library full of free training ​resources (most of which offer CMEs).

  • Dedicated program specialist: Your clinic will ​be assigned a dedicated member of the ROR ​program team to help with program setup, ​book selection and ordering, reporting, and ​troubleshooting any issues that arise.
Doctor Examining Baby

success by design

Healthy, sustainable programs have:

  • A Medical Consultant who actively champions the ​program and a Site Coordinator who keeps the ​program running smoothly

  • A training plan that ensures that new staff complete ​the online course promptly

  • A book delivery process that ensures that gets the ​book into the child’s at the beginning of every well ​child visit

  • A tracking system that accurately maintains the ​clinic’s inventory of program books

How to join Reach Out and read

Helpful tips

You can start and stop an application as many times as you would like. You can temporarily ​put “n/a” in a section in order to move through other parts of the application you are ready to ​complete, but you will eventually need:

  • Information about how many children you see each year and their demographics (age, ​race, language spoken at home, and insurance coverage).

  • Your clinic’s W9 (a federal form that documents your Taxpayer Identification Number)

  • If you are a nonprofit organization, a copy of your IRS 501c3 determination letter

  • A letter from your organization’s leadership indicating that they support your clinic’s ​participation in Reach Out and Read. (There is a template on the National Center’s website, ​and we have a special one for our region’s Federally Qualified Health Centers.)

If you are having trouble answering a question, please contact us. We are here to help!

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.

To Support Our Programs:

Alex Chu, Executive Director

Reach Out and Read, Northeast

89 South Street, Suite 201

Boston, MA 02111


Contact Our FQHC Team:

Samantha Cortes, Northeast FQHC ​Onboarding Specialist

Leah Karn, Northeast FQHC Support ​Specialist