Prescription: Read

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.

Reach Out and Read Colorado does that, partnering with health care providers to give new books at pediatric checkups to children from 6 months to 5 years of age. It’s an evidence-based approach to improving community health and well-being.
 
This issue brief features two leaders explaining the value of early literacy and its impact on individual and community health and well-being:
  • V. Fan Tait, MD, FAAP, chief medical officer of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Meredith Hintze, executive director of Reach Out and Read Colorado

Download the issue brief here.