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Support MSU Child Health's Reach Out and Read Program

Research has found that between the ages of six months and five years old, 90% of brain development occurs. Despite this tremendous window of opportunity many young children are not building a strong foundation for school success by sharing books with their families. Without this early preparation, they enter kindergarten without the foundational skills needed to learn to read. According to the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress, two-thirds of fourth graders in the U.S. scored below proficient in reading. Multiple barriers have been identified which can affect the literacy of children such as: parents' busy schedules, English not being the first language and lack of availability of books.

Reach Out and Read addresses this need by providing this evidence-based early literacy intervention to 2,500 young children during the most critical stages of their development.

Give to MSU Child Health’s Reach Out and Read Program, and help promote literacy for the children in our community.

The mission of Reach Out and Read is to prepare America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Building on the core belief that parents are their children’s first and most important teachers, we give families the books and early literacy guidance they need to prepare children to reach their full innate potential, in school and beyond.

During scheduled well-child visits, our pediatricians deliver Reach Out and Read’s  model:

  • In the exam room, medical providers speak with parents about the critical importance of reading aloud with children.
  • During their checkups, children six months through five years of age receive a new, developmentally and culturally appropriate book to take home and keep.
  • As a result of this early literacy intervention, parents become more engaged and read with their children more often.
  • Our goal is to have a small library of about ten age appropriate books by the time they are five years old.

The families served by our Reach Out and Read program have more books in their homes and read together more often. As a result, studies show that these children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills.

Who We Are

A team of eight providers at the MSU Child Health Practice who believe that a strong foundation of reading will help prepare children for future success.

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 19OOPCF1REANDRE” in the note section.

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