The Reach Out & Read program is an innovative way to promote literacy in children of low-income families. Kids get sick. And sick kids go to the clinic. The idea is to take advantage of the consistent exposure the clinic has to low-income families and improve literacy. Physicians are trained to screen the literacy skills of pre-school patients; present a new book at every checkup; and coach parents on techniques to use while reading to their children. Fuel Cincinnati® granted funds to support creation of the Reading Corner, an area in the waiting room for a reading rug, bookshelves, child-sized furniture, books and reading games.
Reach Out & Read is a partnership between the Hoxworth Med-Peds Clinic at UC Medical Center and the Literacy Research and Innovation Center in the UC College of Education.
Dr. Jonathan Tolentino organizes the Reach Out & Read program for the clinic and talked about receiving a grant from Fuel.
FUEL Cincinnati will support creation of the Reading Corner in our waiting room that will promote reading from the moment parents and patients enter the clinic. A reading rug, bookshelves, child-sized furniture, books and reading games will be purchased and used with preschoolers by parents and trained volunteers.
Fuel Cincinnati® is a program of Give Back Cincinnati. To apply for a grant, visit our application page.