Reach Out and Read

Books and information on reading books to children provided during well-child visits

Evidence Based

Reach Out and Read integrates books into pediatric practices and promotes reading as a catalyst for healthy childhood development.

This map only shows programs funded by South Carolina First Steps. For more information about services available in your area, contact your local First Steps partnership.

Who it Serves

Reach Out and Read Partners with pediatric medical providers to serve children and families through well-child visits, beginning at birth.

Ages 3-5

Families with preschool-aged children

Ages 0-3

Families with babies and toddlers

How It Works

The program is designed to be integrated into pediatric well-visits from birth through age five. Although there is no minimum length of time for the program, research shows that the longer families are involved, the more positive the effects.

Home Visiting

In-home coaching with trained parent educators

2 Generation Approach

Education and support for the whole family

Literacy

A focus on language and literacy development

Target Outcomes

Reach Out and Read is designed to foster intentional skill-building in parents, resilience in families, and positive bonding between children and caregivers.

Community Impact

1,405

children served

492

families served

2

counties served

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