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Beacon pediatrics promotes early literacy!

Girl by the Tree

A Daily Experience, A Life Long Benefit!

Starting at birth, reading with children puts them on a path to success.

What happens during the first few years sets the stage for the rest of a child’s life. Spending time together while reading aloud helps to create strong parent-child bonds and promotes healthy brain development. Children that are read to more often have improved language and listening skills, experience stronger emotional connections to their loved ones, and gain a lifelong love of reading.

Reach Out And Read

Getting books from the doctor is a routine part of regular pediatric checkups at Beacon Pediatrics, as doctors and nurses welcome the Reach Out and Read program to the practice. As of Feb. 16, 2016 , Beacon Pediatrics joined more than 5,000 program sites nationwide that are preparing America’s youngest children to succeed in school.

Beacon Pediatrics will be utilizing the Reach Out and Read model to promote early literacy and school readiness. Every child 6 months through 5 years old is given a new, developmentally appropriate children's book to take home and keep. In the exam room, Beacon Pediatrics staff will speak with parents about the importance of reading aloud to their young children every day and offer age-appropriate tips and encouragement.

The end goal of Reach Out and Read is to prepare all children to enter kindergarten ready to read, learn and succeed. Reach Out and Read is a proven intervention that delivers results and is supported by at least 15 independent, published research studies. During the preschool years, children served by Reach Out and Read score three to six months ahead of their non-Reach Out and Read peers on vocabulary tests.

These foundational language skills help start children on a path of success when they enter school. The Reach Out and Read model is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This year, Reach Out and Read’s 20,000 volunteer medical providers will distribute 6.5 million new books to 4 million children in all 50 states.

Beanie Hat and Book
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