Reach Out and Read®

Stronger Me, Stronger We

During the first three years, more than 80 percent of a child’s brain is formed. What they experience during this window will affect how their brain develops. Attention and nurturing from a loving parent or caregiver supports healthy brain development—and one of the best ways to engage young children is to read books together.

Reach Out and Read® gives children a foundation for success by incorporating books and reading into their pediatric care, encouraging families to read aloud together. Reach Out and Read® doctors and nurse practitioners have the greatest access to families with children in the early years when it counts—infancy through five years.

During more than ten routine health checkups, Reach Out and Read® trained providers:

  • talk with parents about how important it is to read aloud and engage with their young children
  • demonstrate how best to look at books and talk about the stories with their infants, toddlers, and preschoolers
  • encourage parents to cuddle up and read together at home and build routines around books
  • give a new book to the child to take home and keep, helping parents create a home library.

Each book is given to parents with the acknowledgment that they are their child’s first and most important teacher. In the Suncoast region, families also receive a stamped postcard from the Suncoast Campaign. If parents it fill out and drop it in the mail, SCGLR sends a bonus book to their home. 

The Reach Out and Read® program is evidence-based and supported by independent, published research studies showing that the children they serve:

  • are read to more often by their parents
  • have improved language skills
  • have a greater love of reading

ROR milestones

Participating Clinics in Manatee County

Edgar H. Price Jr. Family and Children Healthcare Center

12271 U.S. Highway 301 N
Parish, FL 34219

Lawton Chiles Health Center

1515 26th Avenue East
Bradenton, FL 34208

Manatee Elementary School Based Health Center Pediatrics

1609 Manatee Avenue East
Bradenton, Florida 34208
(941) 348-1169 Extension 2

Manatee Pediatrics

712 39th Street
West Bradenton, FL 34205

South Manatee Pediatrics

6326 15th St. East
Bradenton, FL 34243

Whole Child Pediatrics

6040 53rd Avenue E., Suite B
Bradenton, FL 34203

Participating Clinics in Sarasota County

Capote Pediatrics

6995 Professional Pkwy E
Sarasota, FL 34240

CenterPlace Health

6950 Outreach Way
North Port, FL 34287

CenterPlace Health

2200 Ringling Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34237

CenterPlace Health

1750 17th Street, Building E
Sarasota, FL 34234

North Tuttle Pediatrics

220 North Tuttle Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34237

Participating Clinics in DeSoto County

Arcadia Pediatrics

250 N Brevard, Avenue #2
Arcadia, FL 34226