Reach Out and Read, celebrating 20 years at Denver Health, started as a simple solution to an obvious problem: to provide books in hospital and clinic waiting rooms that lacked reading material for children. With the clear knowledge that reading aloud is vitally important to the development of young children, Reach Out and Read has grown into an invaluable, ongoing literacy program. Nurtured by the passionate and inspired efforts of many educators, doctors, volunteers, parents, corporations, foundations and politicians, Reach Out and Read at Denver Health makes literacy an integral part of pediatric care during the first five years of life.

Your donation to this program helps buy books that are distributed by pediatric health care providers to their patients at each well-child visit from six months to four years. Every child receives a book from his/her pediatrician and parents are encouraged by their physicians to take the books home and read aloud to their children.

Since 1991, the Reach Out and Read model has been studied by academic researchers in a variety of settings, providing an extensive body of peer-reviewed research on the effects of the program. Researchers have found that parents served by Reach Out and Read are up to four times more likely to read aloud to their children. 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.

Donor support allows Denver Health to provide this important program through every one of our pediatric health care providers, at the hospital and all of our pediatric clinics. Give today.