Pediatricians ‘Reach Out and Read’ to Patients
Doctors and nurses at New Bern Ridge Pediatrics in Raleigh are reaching out to their patients with more than stethoscopes and thermometers these days. As part of Reach Out and Read, a program through which doctors and nurses advise parents about the importance of reading aloud to children ages 6 months to 5 years, each young patient at New Bern Ridge Pediatrics starts kindergarten with a home library of up to 10 new, carefully chosen books. (Bilingual books are available in 12 languages.)
Reach Out and Read doctors and nurses distribute more than 6.5 million books to more than 4 million children and their families annually at 5,000 pediatric practices, hospitals, clinics and health centers across the U.S. Learn more about the program at reachoutandread.org.