Early brain development, parent engagement, and school readiness are important keys to every child’s success. When local Pediatricians support parents, share anticipatory guidance, and give each child a book during well-child visits from birth to five years, the providers scaffold a foundation for success. It strengthens families helps combat the effects of income inequality.
For the past 30 years, Reach Out and Read has provided an exceptional national program — training pediatricians, pediatric healthcare providers, and helping children and families. Reading and talking together may seem like a natural part of parenting, but children are not born with instruction books, and parents are busy and lack confidence in their parenting skills.
Recently, Reach Out and Read’s state leadership team, Alix Harper and Dr. Natalia Cap, visited three of our Suncoast clinics to conduct a Site Quality Classification (SQC). The purpose of the SQC is to motivate medical champions to implement high-quality Reach Out and Read (ROR) programs and to engage with parents and children during well-child visits.
What was the state leadership team looking for when they met with ROR medical champions?
Then, the state leadership team looked for evidence of a literacy-rich environment
Next, they turned their attention to program management?
The SCGLR Reach Out and Read program is a collaboration with The Patterson Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, MCR Health, CenterPlace Health (formerly the Dept. of Health Sarasota) and Capote Pediatrics —serving families in three of our four counties.
Our small team works with amazing volunteers. We order the age and culturally appropriate books based on clinic demographics, and volunteers sort the books and pack them for delivery to the clinics. We add information on VROOM, informative bookmarkers, and postcards that, when returned, provides SCGLR an opportunity to collect data to help us understand a little more about the families served by this program.
The ROR site assessment team evaluated three of our Suncoast clinics, and we are waiting for the results.
To learn more about what our clinics are currently doing great, what we can do better, and how you can participate, please look for my next blog.
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