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 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.