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.

From 2018-2020 the Partnership obtained Smart Start funding to strengthen ROR at Duke Children’s Primary Care South Durham 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.

DPfC continues to work with our medical partners to share community resources and information regarding preschool programs in Durham.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Katie Starr, Program Coordinator, at or (919) 403-6960 ext. 225.

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