By supporting early literacy, pediatric practices improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities.
The most effective way to improve a child’s reading ability is to improve access to the written word. But preschoolers from low-income families have far less access to age-appropriate books than do their more affluent peers. That’s why it’s essential to get books into the hands of parents and their children as soon as possible.
- V. Fan Tait, MD, FAAP, chief medical officer of the American Academy of Pediatrics
- Meredith Hintze, executive director of Reach Out and Read Colorado
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