Reach Out & Read

What is Reach Out and Read?

reach out readReach 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.

Why is Reading Aloud to Young Children so Important?

great storiesReading 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.

Click here to find out all of the benefits of reading aloud and the Reach Out and Read program.


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:


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 704-262-1058.




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