Research

Overview

What distinguishes Reach Out and Read from other interventions is its large and growing evidence base. 

Research shows that when pediatricians promote literacy readiness according to the Reach Out and Read model, there is a significant effect on parental behavior and attitudes toward reading aloud, as well as improvements in the language scores of young children who participate. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics has declared literacy promotion to be an "essential component of pediatric care" for all children, referencing Reach Out and Read as an effective intervention to engage parents and prepare children to achieve their potential in school and beyond.  

Key Findings

  • Parents served by Reach Out and Read are up to four times more likely to read aloud to their children.
  • Reach Out and Read reaches the child through effectively teaching the parent to start lifelong learning in the home.
  • 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 early foundational language skills help start children on a path of success when they enter school.

Here's a summary of research highlights.