Educational Institutions

Reach Out and Read, Inc.

  • Boston, MA
  • www.reachoutandread.org

Mission Statement

Reach Out and Read gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. With unparalleled access to families with young children, Reach Out and Read medical providers give books to children during regular pediatric checkups from infancy until they start school, with special emphasis on children growing up in low-income communities. In addition, they encourage families to read aloud and engage with their infants, toddlers and preschoolers every day. Families served by Reach Out and Read read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills. When families read aloud to their young children, they can give them a better start to life.

Main Programs

  1. Reach Out and Read
  2. Special Initiative: Leyendo Juntos (Reading Together)
  3. Special Initiative: American Indian/Alaska Native Initiative
  4. Special Initiative: Reach Out and Read in the Military
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Reach Out and Read programs are located in more than 5,500 hospitals and health centers in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and U.S. military bases.

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer since 2007

Self-reported

Mr. Brian Gallagher

Keywords

Self-reported

literacy, early childhood education, books, reading, school readiness

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EIN

04-3481253

 Number

8521228168

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Working through the existing medical infrastructure, our program is uniquely scalable and cost effective. As a result, since Reach Out and Read's inception in 1989 we have expanded rapidly, and we now give books to more than 4.5 million children nationwide each year. During regular pediatric checkups at more than 5,500 clinical locations, our 21,000 medical providers instruct families on the importance of reading aloud, and give each child a developmentally-appropriate book. Not only does our program have a strong national footprint, we also know that we have a significant impact on individual children and families. Fifteen independent studies published in medical journals prove that Reach Out and Read works: participating parents read up to ten times more often with their young children, and as a result, children gain vocabulary and other critical skills needed for school. In fact, during the preschool years, children served by our program score 3-6 months ahead of their non-Reach Out and Read peers on vocabulary tests. In a significant milestone, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a policy statement in 2014 which, for the first time ever, formally recommends that pediatricians incorporate into every well-child visit both books and advice about reading, referencing Reach Out and Read as an effective intervention. This is an amazing step for our organization and for early literacy efforts nationwide. In the year ahead, we will focus on delivering an exceptional program for the 4.5 million children we currently serve, while also raising funds to support our program for future children. We are working with the AAP and other partners to identify additional steps toward ensuring that all children are able to receive our proven program, including strategies to secure sustainable funding. Together with our supporters, we are working to ensure that all children have the opportunity to realize their tremendous innate potential.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read prepares America's youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals incorporate Reach Out and Read's evidence-based, three-part model into regular pediatric checkups: 1) In the pediatric exam room, pediatricians speak to parents about the importance of reading aloud to their children every day, and offer age-appropriate tips and encouragement.2) At each regular checkup from 6 months through 5 years of age, the child receives a new, culturally- and developmentally-appropriate book to take home and keep. 3) Many Reach Out and Read program sites create literacy-rich environments that include gently-used books for waiting room use and/or volunteer readers to model for parents the techniques of reading aloud to young children.Parents incorporate advice received through pediatric visits and make reading aloud part of their daily routine.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Other Named Groups

Budget

Program 2

Special Initiative: Leyendo Juntos (Reading Together)

The Leyendo Juntos (Reading Together) Initiative assists primary care providers in effectively encouraging Spanish-speaking parents and extended family members to read with their children. Leyendo Juntos follows the model of pediatric guidance, prescribing books, and encouraging parents to read aloud at home, emphasizing respect for patients' cultures and primary language. The initiative builds upon best practices that medical providers at various levels of linguistic proficiency (e.g. native Spanish speakers, near-fluent speakers, and those who speak medically-appropriate Spanish) use to emphasize the importance of early literacy to Spanish-speaking families. Parents understand the critical impact reading together has on their child's development and future school success. Special tools, such as a Spanish Language Literacy Promotion Guide, Spanish-language books and materials, and Reach Out and Read's Spanish-language website, help medical providers better serve Latino/Hispanic families.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Hispanics

Budget

Program 3

Special Initiative: American Indian/Alaska Native Initiative

The Reach Out and Read American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Initiative was established in 2007 as a partnership between the Committee on Native American Child Health (CONATCH) of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Indian Health Service (IHS), and Reach Out and Read. Through this initiative, we deliver our proven three-part early literacy program to AI/AN children at Indian Health Service/Tribal/Urban clinics nationwide. We offer culturally-appropriate books as well as books in Native American languages.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Native Americans/American Indians

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 4

Special Initiative: Reach Out and Read in the Military

In 2006, we launched our Military Families Initiative to deliver our program to children living on U.S. military bases. Military families face unique pressures, including separation, deployment, or even the death of a parent. Reading aloud to children is a proven technique to help them cope with the stress and anxiety that these difficult situations cause. When families read aloud together regularly, children enjoy the stability of a routine while gaining the foundational skills needed to learn to read. Furthermore, we offer a number of books which deal with military themes, including titles like While You Are Away, Kissing Hand, and Home Again.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Other Named Groups

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Reach Out and Read programs are located in more than 5,500 hospitals and health centers in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and U.S. military bases.

Funding Needs

This is a time of tremendous opportunity for Reach Out and Read, with wonderful publicity, increasing public awareness of early literacy, and the AAP's groundbreaking policy statement. At the same time, the fundraising climate continues to be challenging, as we no longer receive the substantial government funding of previous years. We are working to build strong, diverse funding streams for our organization, partnering with both longtime and new supporters to ensure a sustainable program. Reach Out and Read is focusing our resources on the children we currently serve, rather than expansion to reach new children. We are enhancing quality for our programs, which reach 4.5 million children nationwide, in order to maximize our positive impact on families. We know that when our program is implemented with high fidelity to our model, children and parents receive the outcomes reflected in our evidence base: parents read more often with children, and children gain pre-reading skills. Contributions to Reach Out and Read put books into the hands of children, help us enhance quality, and build a sustainable program for the future.

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Reach Out and Read, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Reach Out and Read, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Brian Gallagher

BIO

Brian Gallagher is Reach Out and Read's Chief Executive Officer. In this role, he leads the Reach Out and Read network, including more than 5,500 program sites in all 50 states and nearly 30 regional, state, and local coalitions. He works closely with the Board of Directors to implement organizational strategy, focusing on the delivery of a high-quality program for children and families. Gallagher, who has been with Reach Out and Read since 2007, previously served as the organization's Director of National Programs, providing strategic leadership to all aspects of organization's national programmatic activity, including program metrics, medical provider training and professional development, quality assurance and improvement efforts, and special initiatives, as well as our national efforts to increase the number of children and the number of healthcare providers who participate in Reach Out and Read. During his tenure in this role, the organizational capacity increased significantly, expanding from 3,714 programs to more than 5,000. Gallagher previously worked as a Policy and Program Manager for the Boston Private Industry Council, a workforce development organization with a special focus on designing and implementing school-to-career programs. He holds an M.P.A. from Suffolk University and a B.A. from Hamilton College.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Thomas G. DeWitt F.A.A.P.

Director, Division of General and Community Pediatrics, Professor and Associate Chair for Education and Primary Care, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Term: Apr 2015 -

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