Our Impact

A Positive Impact on Early Childhood and Brain Development

How Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia Works

We know that the first 1000 days of a child’s life are the most critical in terms of brain development. Reach Out and Read has the greatest reach of all early literacy programs to families with young children – – serving 80,000 young children in need annually. 

Research shows that when primary care doctors and nurse practitioners promote literacy readiness according to the Reach Out and Read model:

  • Parents are 2.5 times more likely to read to their children
  • Parents are 2 times more likely to read to their children more than three times a week
  • Families are 2.5 times more likely to enjoy reading together or have books in the home
  • Children’s language development is advanced by 3-6 months
  • Children’s language ability improves with increased exposure to Reach Out and Read