REACH OUT AND READ INDIANA
Reach Out and Read Indiana is dedicated to giving our state’s youngest children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.
The program begins in infancy and continues through age 5 years, with a special emphasis on children growing up in low-income communities. Pediatric providers throughout Indiana prescribe new books to their youngest patients and encourage families to read together. Ages birth to 5 are the most critical for brain and language development, and parents and caregivers play a crucial role in their child’s development. Children who are read to at an early age develop a lifetime love of books and learning.
The program is led by Program Coordinator, Madison Criswell, with the support of the Indiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and volunteer Medical Director, Dr. Katie Swec.
The Reach Out and Read model is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the program has one of the strongest records of research support of any primary care intervention. Parents involved with Reach Out and Read spend more time reading with their children, and their children gain important language skills. No other early childhood literacy program has this kind of evidence base or impact. Learn more.
Reach Out and Read benefits Hoosier children by effectively educating their parents and caregivers on promoting lifelong learning in the home. See our current impact below:
Interested in starting a Reach Out and Read Program?
Go to Start A Program for an overview of the application process
Register at Program Login to get started
Applications are reviewed the third week of each month