Reach Out and Read research has found that families served by its network are 2.5 times more likely to read with their children under age 3. Their children experienced more rapid language development, including their ability to understand and process the meaning of messages as well as to express them.
The program has a secondary child health benefit: Families in the program have increased well-child visit attendance. These visits, along with increased developmental assessments, improve the early detection, referral, and treatment of developmental delays in young children. They ensure appropriate access to immunizations, anticipatory guidance, and developmental screenings.
Whole-health Approach to Reading
This whole-health approach provides a strong physical health foundation while enriching the family’s home life and the child’s path to literacy. Trusted pediatricians giving books to children and encouraging parents and others to read with them and have conversations about the book’s pictures is a proven way to optimize early brain development and to help improve individual health outcomes, promote community health, and increase the opportunities for success.
Elevance Health takes a holistic approach that can transform health, considering not just traditional physical factors, but behavioral and social factors, too. We’re proud to support Reach Out and Read through charitable donations. Their innovative and effective whole-health model increases the physical, behavioral, and social health of children from newborn to age 3, demonstrating the thinking and actionable methods needed to transform the delivery of healthcare while improving the health of individuals and communities.