Reach out and Read at the Children's Clinic
The Children's Clinic partnered with Reach Out and Read (through United Way of Yellowstone County) in March 2014 to promote early childhood literacy in Billings. We provide each child ages 6 months through 5 years a free, age-appropriate book at their annual well-child visit. Our pediatricians also speak with parents about how to promote reading in their homes.
The Children's Clinic distributed 6,323 books to kids in our community in 2016! Over 18,000 books have now been given out to Children's Clinic patients since the start of Reach Out and Read at our clinic!
About Reach out and Read
Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by integrating children's books and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud into well-child visits.
Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning in infancy. As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Reach Out and Read incorporates early literacy into pediatric practice, equipping parents with tools and knowledge to ensure that their children are prepared to learn when they start school.
Reach Out and Read serves more than 4 million children and their families annually. Reach Out and Read families read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills. During the preschool years, children served by Reach Out and Read score three to six months ahead of their non-Reach Out and Read peers on vocabulary tests. These early foundational language skills help start children on a path of success when they enter school.