Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read (ROR) is a national program that supports doctors in their efforts to foster healthy bonding and brain development. During well-child visits, pediatricians use books as part of the exam as they “prescribe” reading daily with young children and families. The Partnership is one of eighteen Smart Start local partnerships that received funding to provide or expand ROR in their communities.

The Partnership obtained new Smart Start funding in 2018 to help strengthen ROR at at Duke Children’s Primary Care Southpoint and Lincoln Community Health Center, working with these medical practices to promote early brain development, literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms and waiting rooms. This includes giving free books to children, as well as guidance for parents about the importance of reading aloud and building a strong foundation for learning. ROR also occurs at the Duke Children’s Primary Care Roxboro Road clinic.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Brittany Gregory, Program Coordinator, at brittany@dpfc.net or (919) 403-6960 ext. 224.