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The Reach Out and Read Model

Pediatric healthcare providers (including pediatricians, family physicians, and pediatric nurse practitioners) are trained in the three-part ROR model to promote early literacy and school readiness:

ROR Program (PDF)

Reach Out and Read's Evidence Base

What distinguishes Reach Out and Read from other interventions is that it is evidence-based. Since 1991, the Reach Out and Read model has been studied by academic investigators in a variety of settings, providing a growing body of peer-reviewed research on the effects of the program.
The body of published research supporting the efficacy of the Reach Out and Read model is more extensive than for any other psychosocial intervention in general pediatrics.

Key findings:

Examine the research studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of the Reach Out and Read model.


The Reach Out and Read National Center (Boston, MA)

The Reach Out and Read National Center oversees the implementation and execution of the Reach Out and Read model of early literacy promotion nationwide. In addition to developing the official training curriculum and coordinating all research and quality improvement initiatives, the National Center also builds national partnerships with corporations, foundations, and other literacy and children's organizations. The National Center provides medical leadership for all Reach Out and Read Programs and Coalitions, creates standardized literacy and marketing materials, and facilitates the sharing of best practices. The National Center also works directly with publishers to secure significant discounts on children's books, develops national fundraising strategies, and leads all federal advocacy campaigns.

Contact the Reach Out and Read National Center.