Dear Reach Out and Read Funders, Partners and Friends,
I am excited to share some exciting news with all of you. Reach Out and Read, Inc. has received an $8 million investment from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. This historic investment stands as the largest private contribution… Read More
Medical Champions, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, residents, site coordinators, support staff, volunteers, funders, and partners from across North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, DC came together for the Reach Out and Read 2023 Summit: Relationships Matter.
The Summit was an opportunity to reimagine… Read More
As my family and I breathe a collective sigh of relief for the ending of another jam-packed school year and look forward to the promise of a fun and engaging summer, I can’t help but reflect on the tremendous strides that Reach Out and Read has… Read More
ROR in North Carolina has named Dr. Nneka Hendrix as Medical Director for the state. In this role, she will support the needs of the growing ROR provider network across North Carolina and the integration of the provider voice into… Read More
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.
Reach Out and Read in North Carolina and South Carolina is participating in oral health initiatives and integrating books and conversations about the importance of life long oral health into ROR well-child visits.
During regular wellness check-ups at… Read More
CHIP Health Services Initiative Funds Early Literacy Promotion as Part of Well-Child Care Emma Sandoe, Anna Miller-Fitzwater, Donna Cohen Ross
Once Upon a Time
So many well-loved stories of early childhood begin with the words “once upon a time” and go on to tell… Read More
The state of North Carolina has partnered with Reach Out and Read in North Carolina to expand access to early health and literacy development. This innovative public funding approach will impact all North Carolina children by extending ROR to begin at birth, expand ROR to all counties… Read More
It is during these times of stress and anxiety when children are most in need of a secure environment and opportunities for one-on-one engagement with a loved one.
The healthy relationships and interactions that children have with caring adults, including moments centered around snuggling up… Read More
GUEST BLOG POST BY:
Kristi Hildebrand, MSN, CPNP-AC
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
UNC Department of Neurosurgery
NAPNAP – NC Chapter CE Co-Chair
This is a very unique time that we live in – with periods of fear, uncertainty and isolation. During a… Read More
Our super great South Carolina Medical Director has shared a new blog post.
While most physicians are trying prevent or treat addiction these days, I find myself trying to encourage it.
I am prescribing habit-forming stuff to my tiniest most vulnerable patients: Books.
By: Martha Edwards MD (Rock Hill Peds), ROR South Carolina Medical Director
“ I have always been a strong cheerleader for Reach Out and Read, and now I look forward to coming off the sidelines and officially joining the team,” says Martha. “I can… Read More
By: Callee Boulware, Executive Director
Reading, routines, and resilience. Hugs, snuggles, and stories. These simple moments bolster our hearts and minds, children and adults alike. As a community, we are working to through COVID-19. As an organization, Reach Out and Read is helping families… Read More
“We know time spent reading together is a tool to build resilience and stability. Books and reading routines create comfort for children and families in times of stress,” Callee Boulware, ROR Carolinas.
As schools and programs across the nation close to prevent the spread… Read More
Reach Out and Read proud to partner in this year’s, READ ACROSS AMERICA day on March 2, 2020. Two decades ago, the National Education Association (NEA) launched Read Across America and now it is the nation’s largest single-day celebration of reading. The program focuses on motivating… Read More
“I am excited to join Reach Out and Read Carolinas’ innovative work supporting families and helping children grow both emotionally and educationally. The investments local medical providers are already making in their patients’ lives through literacy is incredible, and I look forward to using my… Read More
By: Corinna Miller, Development Director, UnitedHealthcare
Please consider joining UnitedHealthcare in investing with Reach Out and Read Carolinas to make a difference in the health and well being of children. Check out this video! Read More
Guest post by: Veronica Acevedo, PA-C,Lincoln Community Health Center (reshared from the NC Academy of Physician Assistants blog)
As a physician assistant, I, along with doctors and nurse practitioners, incorporate Reach Out and Read‘s evidence-based model into regular pediatric checkups, by advising parents… Read More
“I am thrilled to bring my skills, experience, and passion to Reach Out and Read Carolinas, and look forward to working with and learning alongside the community partners in this very innovative and vital work in the Triad.”
We are pleased to announce that… Read More
Blog post by: Keisha Gray, Altrusa Board Treasure
Altrusa International, Inc. is a global non-profit organization of volunteers whose common goal is to improve the communities in which they live. Altrusa International of Spartanburg, Inc. was chartered in 1963 and has been actively serving… Read More
We partnered with our friends at Book Harvest to co-author an op ed that was featured on EdNC, discussing the recent AAP policy statement about the impacts of racism on child health. We know that books can play a powerful role in combating racism.… Read More
We welcome Adwoa Asare to the ROR Carolinas team as the Project Manager for North Carolina and South Carolina.
Adwoa is a native of Durham, NC and she joins the RORC team after spending two years in the Boston area completing an MBA in… Read More
Dr. Jill Wright, Pediatrician at UNC Pediatrics in Garner, is a ROR leader in the Carolinas. Share a story of a really successful partnership where something happened that you couldn’t do alone, who was the partner, and what was your role?
We recently partnered… Read More
Guest post by: All About Books
When it comes to promoting literacy and its developmental advantages for all children, two issues man the forefront: access and structure. Reach Out and Read has not only provided millions of children with free books, but they’ve developed an… Read More
The relationship between a medical provider and the family is the key to the Reach Out and Read (ROR) intervention. They have repeated one-on-one contact with families during the critical first years of a child’s life and use books and anticipatory guidance as a… Read More
Guest blog post by:
Dr. Martha Edwards
Rock Hill Pediatrics
As pediatricians, we become comfortable talking about uncomfortable things.
Pooping? I have been christened the Queen of Poop because I excel at addressing problems associated with stool withholding and constipation. Acne? Toenail fungus?… Read More
Guest blog post by: All About Books
We know the impact of a book in the life of a child and their family.
Recent hurricanes impacted many Reach Out and Read Carolinas families and providers. Some families lost their homes and belongings and some medical… Read More
Guest blog post by:
Dr. Martha Edwards
Rock Hill Pediatrics
As a pediatrician, it has been a joy to begin to integrate books into my first newborn visit.
My favorite positive parenting tip at this visit is to reassure new families that it… Read More
As parents, we all want the best for our children and while we do need to talk, read and sing to them every day, we also need to invest in parents to help close the skills gap.
Reach Out and Read is a parenting program, as much… Read More
By: Teandra Ramos-Hardy, Director of Medical Engagement, Reach Out and Read Carolinas
Reposted from Reach Out and Read Blog
We know from research that brains are built over time through a process that begins prenatally. The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has… Read More
By: Shivani Mehta, MD, MPH, FAAP
The effects of what a child experiences in their first few years of life can set the stage for the rest of their life. Truly nurturing experiences with a loving parent or caregiver during this important time… Read More
The future of any society depends on its ability to foster the healthy development of the next generation. The effects of what happens during the first few years sets the stage for the rest of a child’s life. Extensive research on the biology of stress now… Read More
A guest blog post by Dr. Lynn Wilson, Sterling Sharpe Pediatrics, in Columbia S.C.
One of my greatest joys as a pediatrician is helping parents along the journey of leading and guiding their children as they grow and learn and develop.
There are volumes of… Read More
We’re excited to welcome four interns from Converse College!
Converse College and Reach Out and Read Carolinas are in the second year of an innovative internship and partnership – the first of its kind in the nation for Reach Out and Read!
Through the lens… Read More
Blog post by: Jordan Montgomery, Yankees Pitcher and former Gamecock
I recently learned about Reach Out and Read Carolinas through my volunteer work at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.
Reach Out and Read Carolinas helps build home libraries for over 200,000 children in South Carolina. More… Read More
Over the past year, the Mary Black Foundation has had the pleasure of partnering with Reach Out and Read Carolinas (ROR Carolinas). ROR Carolina’s evidence-based intervention makes early literacy a standard part of primary health care with a focus on children who grow up… Read More
A couple of years ago, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a bill making it the official policy of the state that every student should read at or above grade level by the end of third grade. The logic makes sense—if you can’t read by… Read More