Reach Out and Read prepares our youngest patients to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. The program builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop early critical reading skills in children, beginning at six months of age. Reach Out and Read families read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed, with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills. During the preschool years, children served by Reach Out and Read score three to six months ahead of their non-Reach Out and Read peers on vocabulary tests. These early foundational language skills help start children on a path of success when they enter school.

The program begins at the 6-month checkup and continues through age 5. At the 5 year check up, children are given “book bags” with stickers, coloring books and other reading enrichment goodies. Each book costs approximately $3, and the Green Meadows clinic sees approximately 4,500 children for their well child check-ups annually.

Currently, the program has 4,946 programs in the U.S. and over 6.5 million books have been distributed to 4 million children.

Gifts to this program will purchase books and “book bag” goodies.

For more information or to learn how you can
support Children's Hospital,
please contact:

MU Health Care Office of Advancement

University of Missouri Health Care
One Hospital Drive, DC066.00
Columbia, MO 65212
(573) 882-0488