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About Us

In 1989, Reach Out and Read was founded at Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center) through a collaboration between pediatricians and early childhood educators.

As a result of their work, physicians and educators realized that pediatricians and nurse practitioners were in a unique position to promote early literacy for two reasons: p

Pediatricians regularly interact with young children and their parents at well-child checkups.

Parents trust and respect the guidance that they receive from pediatricians. When doctors and nurses discuss the importance of reading in an exam-room setting, parents realize the significance of the message.

Reach Out and Read was originally based on a simple but powerful premise: encourage parents to read regularly to their children and give them the tools (the books) to do so.