Reach Out and Read

Harbor-UCLA Pediatric Clinics participate in the “Reach Out and Read” (ROR) program. ROR is a national non-profit organization that promotes early literacy by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud in pediatric exam rooms across the nation. The ROR program provides the tools to help promote children’s developmental skills and later school success.

ROR was developed two decades ago by pediatricians and early childhood educators to make literacy a part of routine pediatric care so that children enter school prepared to succeed. In this program, pediatric providers use the opportunity of the well-child visit between ages six months and five years to discuss with parents the importance of reading to their child on a routine basis. At these visits, young children are also given an age and culturally appropriate book to take home. Fourteen published, peer-reviewed studies clearly demonstrate that ROR is effective in promoting a literacy-rich home environment and in enhancing early language development.

At Harbor-UCLA patients are particularly at risk for growing up in homes without books. Of the over 13,000 children that come to Harbor annually for well child care between the ages of 6 months and 5 years, 40% come from families living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. As a result, many of these families cannot afford to buy books for their children or do not have easy access to local libraries.

Contact Information:

Department of Pediatrics
Phone: (310) 222-2301