JUST ANNOUNCED! The James M. Cox Foundation $300,000 Rx For Success Initiative will help prepare Georgia's youngest children for school. Click here for details. Thanks Cox!
What distinguishes Reach Out and Read from other interventions is that it has a large and growing evidence base. Since 1991, the Reach Out and Read model has been studied by academic investigators in a variety of settings, providing 15 peer-reviewed research studies on the effects of the program.
Rx FOR SUCCESS
SIMPLE INTERVENTION - SIGNIFICANT IMPACT Doctors in low income communities volunteer and are trained in the Reach Out and Read program. New books are given out during doctor visits along with a prescription for families to read together. Studies show when new books are given by a trusted doctor along with advice to families children are more prepared to enter school ready to learn. Children who participate in the Reach Out and Read program show a DEVELOPMENTAL EDGE when they enter school.
A SMART INVESTMENT
"Every dollar invested in high quality early childhood education produces a 7 to 10 percent per annum return on investment." - James Heckman
IMPACT IN GEORGIA
In Georgia the vast majority of our books are distributed in high poverty areas. 6.2 million books are delivered to children nationally each year. Reach Out and Read in Georgia serves nearly 70,000 children annually, providing books at 59 program sites.
GEORGIA - THE ISSUES
If we want to ensure the future economic security of our nation, the strength of our workforce, and the health of our children, it is critical that we engage parents, and together, close the school readiness gap.
Children 5 years of age or younger living in Georgia
Children 5 years of age or younger living in poverty in Georgia (29%)
Of all Georgia's 4th graders are reading BELOW proficiently
Of Georgia's children DO NOT GRADUATE High School
Of Georgia's children do not attend preschool
Millions of children reach 4th grade without learning to read proficiently, putting them on track to drop out of school. Children whose parents read to them develop larger vocabularies.
"Growing up in poverty is one of the greatest threats to healthy child development. Poverty and financial stress can impede children's cognitive development and their ability to learn." - Annie E. Casey Foundation
$10 1 child and family served for 1 year
$100,000 10,000 children and families served for 1 year