REACH OUT AND READ INDIANA

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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.

 

By integrating Reach Out and Read into pediatrics as a standard of care we will deepen our impact as a key member in a cross-sector framework that brings together services from medical clinics and surrounding communities to offer universal and individualized support for the foundational early relationships that define the path of a young child’s life.

The program is led by Program Manager, Madison Criswell, and Program Coordinator, Jillian Phillips, with the support of the Indiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and volunteer Medical Director, Dr. Jill Berg. 

We serve
146 thousand children
across the state. 
Happy Kids with Books
Support Reach Out & Read IN 

Your donation to Reach Out and Read Indiana will help us support our early literacy champions, and expand the program across the state. Your generous contribution will go to purchase new children’s books, educational resources for parents, and other resources to support and enhance early literacy programming in Indiana.

Your $12 donation will support the cost of providing books to one child per year. 

Your $120 donation will support 10 children or 1 child from 6 months through 5 years with a new set of age-appropriate books of their own. 

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Volunteer 

There are multiple ways to support Reach Out and Read Indiana. Host a local book drive in your community, school, church, or place of employment by collecting new and gently-used books that will go directly to one of the many Reach Out and Read pediatric clinics, volunteer at a clinic by helping organize books, or join us for our annual fundraiser. 

 

For questions, speak to Jillian, our Reach Out and Read Program Coordinator at jp@inaap.org.

 
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Last week, I saw 2 sisters (9mo and 2yo) with their mother.  At previous visits the 2yo, who has a speech delay, had been hesitant to interact with me, and her Mom had often seemed harried and stressed. 

 

Last week, when I entered the room and handed her a ROR book, she immediately opened it and sat down to look at the pictures.  I commented on the fact that she knew just what to do with the book, and that her family has clearly been reading to her.  Her Mom smiled and said “She has so many books, I need to get her a bookshelf!” 

 

Throughout the visit, it became clear that this little girl is making excellent progress in her speech - she was much more interactive than at previous visits, initiated speech with her Mom and with me, and even sat on my lap to look at and talk about her new book while her sister was getting her vaccines.  It was clear that her Mom was not only proud of her daughter’s love of books and improved vocabulary, but was also much happier and more relaxed herself. 

 

It was a wonderful visit!"

- Reach Out and Read Pediatrician, Marion County 

Special Thanks to our Ongoing Reach Out and Read Partners