Nationwide Children’s believes it takes more than medicine to have a healthy child.
90% of brain development occurs between birth and age 3, including social, emotional and cognitive skills crucial to healthy development
The development of these skills impact school readiness and overall academic success. Studies show children who start behind, stay behind.
Link between school success and literacy: Children who are not reading at grade level by the 3rd grade and living in poverty are 13 times more likely to drop out of high school.
Community impact: a high imprisonment rate (80% of inmates in Ohio prisons are high school dropouts)
Economic impact: over the next decade, high school dropouts are projected to cost the nation 3 trillion dollars
OUR MISSION: Reach Out and Read prepares central Ohio’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital is proud to be among the largest of more than 5,000 Reach Out and Read® Programs in the country. This pediatric literacy program encourages family literacy activities in the home prior to a child entering the school system. Focus is given to families living in poverty.
Visit the nearest Barnes & Noble or Half Price Books location during November and December to purchase and donate a book to Reach Out and Read at Nationwide Children’s. This holiday season, Don’t Let a Child Go to Sleep Without a Bedtime Story. Reach Out and Read at Nationwide Children’s provides new books for young kids at check-ups. This year, 50,000 new books are needed to ensure every child gets a bedtime story.
2013 Fast Facts for Children Under 5 Years Old
Cumulative Books provided since 1998: 1,325,000 books
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