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Special Initiatives

Not only is the Reach Out and Read model proven to help all children develop early reading skills, it is also uniquely suited to address specific needs of many unique populations. Since its founding in 1989, Reach Out and Read has launched several special initiatives to help individual providers tailor the Reach Out and Read model specifically for the families and communities they serve.

Many of Reach Out and Read's Medical Champions have also focused on developing strategies for promoting early literacy skills in children with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.

These findings and best practices are shared with all Reach Out and Read providers nationwide, to ensure that every child and family is receiving the highest quality intervention and care available.

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Reach Out and Read and AAP Unite to Launch American Indian/Alaska Native Coalition

Reach Out and Read’s American Indian/Alaska Native Coalition was established in 2007 as a partnership between the AAP Committee on Native American Child Health (CONACH), the Indian Health Service (IHS) and Reach Out and Read to:

  • Providing on-site training, technical assistance, and quality improvement visits to I/T/U Programs.
  • Securing funding for each Program's annual book budget. Most I/T/U clinics are under funded and lack the discretionary funds to purchase ROR books.
  • Expanding the ROR program to additional I/T/U clinics across the country.
  • Procuring books with Native American themes and in Native American languages.

The need to promote early literacy and school readiness in the Native American community is especially great.

  • 80% of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children on reservations live in families with income below 200% of the federal poverty line.
  • As a group, AI/AN children have the poorest test scores, the lowest high school graduation rates, and the worst college entry and graduation rates of any minority group in the United States.
  • There are approximately 400 Indian Health Service/Tribal/Urban (I/T/U) clinics nationwide that care for 75% of AI/AN children, and provide an established infrastructure to reach this population.
  • There are limited AI/AN-themed children's books available, and those that exist are quite expensive.

Learn more about the Reach Out and Read American Indian/Alaska Native Coalition.