Reach Out & Read

What is Reach Out and Read?

reach out readReading aloud to young children stimulates language and cognitive skills and builds motivation, curiosity, and memory.  Research also shows that the more words parents use when speaking to an 8-month-old infant, the greater the size of their child's vocabulary at age 3.

Reach Out and Read prepares Cabarrus County's youngest children for success in school by partnering with doctors who will prescribe books and encourage families to read together.

At each routine well-child visit, children will receive a new, culturally and developmentally appropriate book to take home and read with their parents.  The medical provider will also discuss the importance of reading, model reading a book aloud to the child, and encourage parent-child interactions as part of pre-literacy and language development.  Any child going to a participating clinic can qualify for the Reach Out and Read program.

WHO PROVIDES REACH OUT AND READ?

Community Care of Southern Piedmont has been contracted by Cabarrus Partnership for Children to implement the Reach Out and Read program to work with medical providers in Cabarrus County and the surrounding communities. Here is a list of our providers:

  • Concord Children's Clinic
  • Cabarrus Health Alliance
  • Suburban Pediatrics - Kannapolis & Renaissance
  • Cabarrus Pediatrics
  • Weddington Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
  • NH: Lakeside Primary Care - Speedway

DOWNLOADS

Program Overview
Parents Guide
What Children Like in Books
Home Literacy Environment Checklist
Reading Tips for Your Family
Reading Tips for Your Family (Espanol)
Milestones of Early Literacy Development
Milestones of Early Literacy Development (Espanol)

Get Involved!

Currently, this program is in need of additional funding for books so more children can be reached by this program.  If you would like to donate or would like to know more about Reach Out and Read, contact Starla Hatley at 704-490-0976.

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