Reach Out and Read (ROR) programs make early literacy a standard part of pediatric primary care. Following the ROR model, pediatricians, family physicians, and nurses advise parents that reading aloud is the most important thing they can do to help their children love books and to start school ready to learn.
Children who live in print-rich environments and who are read to during the first years of life are more likely to learn to read on schedule.
Books to Keep & Read
Grand County Public Health nurses encourage parents to read aloud to their young children, and offer age-appropriate tips and encouragement. Grand County Public Health nurses and staff give every child between the ages of 6 months and 5 years new, developmentally appropriate children’s book to keep.
Statewide, ROR serves 78,000 kids and distributes 128,000 new books annually. Grand County Public Health has distributed 401 new books in 2012.