With support from Believe in Reading, Neighborhood Healthcare will expand its Reach Out and Read program.
Reach Out and Read is a national literacy program that distributes new books to infants and children up to the age of five. Children receive age-appropriate books at their wellness exams where both children and parents are encouraged to read. Through the Reach Out and Read program, more than 9,000 children receive a new book to take home and keep every year.
Parents learn the importance of reading to their children out loud, which increases vocabulary and language skills, and ensures children are better prepared to enter preschool and kindergarten. Reading to a child also builds curiosity, cognitive ability, and strong memory skills, even before a child learns to talk.
Thanks to the grant provided by Believe in Reading through The Steve and Loree Potash Family Foundation, Neighborhood will be able to offer even more books to our patients and families.