Reach Out and Read Works
Reach Out and Read National research shows that in families served by the program:
- Parents are 2.5X more likely to read to their children
- Parents are 2X more likely to read to their children more than three times a week
- Families are 2.5X more likely to enjoy reading together or have books in the home
- Children's language development is improved by 3-6 months
- Children's language ability improves with increased exposure to Reach Out and Read.
- In the Kansas City area, 66% of parents of children 6 months to 5 years old reported reading to their child 3 or more times per week and 100% of this group said they will share books either as frequently or more, based on the advice they received that day.
What distinguishes Reach Out and Read from other interventions is its large and growing evidence base. Since 1991, the Reach Out and Read model has been studied by academic investigators in a variety of settings, providing an extensive body of peer-reviewed research on the effects of the program. The body of published research supporting the efficacy of the Reach Out and Read model is more extensive than for any other psychosocial intervention in general pediatrics. Review the research findings here.
More information can be found on the National Reach Out and Read website.