Preparing Patients for Success – Even at their Youngest
Through the national Reach Out and Read program, Neighborhood Health Center pediatric providers champion the positive effects of reading daily and engaging in other language-rich activities with young children.
At each check-up between the ages of 6 months and 5 years, children receive a brand new, developmentally and culturally appropriate book from their primary care provider to take home.
Physicians and nurses are trained in literacy development to provide parents with guidance and support around the importance of reading to their children.
Volunteers circulate our offices to read aloud to children in our patient waiting rooms to demonstrate appropriate reading techniques and modeling for parents.
Reading together promotes healthy brain development, furthers language acquisition, and helps families build meaningful bonds. Our providers encourage reading aloud to children to:
Improve vocabulary and language skills
Develop listening skills
Learn more about Neighborhood’s pediatrics department here.