Reach Out and Read give young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.
Reach Out and Read Kansas City is the only medically-based early literacy program that serves young children at highest risk for reading and school failure in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The 6-county coalition now includes 51 health care clinic sites serving predominantly low-income children. At well child visits, from birth to 5 years of age, Reach Out and Read Kansas City’s program consists of three parts: 1) medical providers offer anticipatory guidance to parents about how sharing books with their child will enhance language and brain development, improve kindergarten readiness, and give a prescription to read or share books with their children daily, 2) each child receives a new, free, developmentally and culturally appropriate book at each well-child check-up and 3) literacy-rich waiting rooms are created with gently-used books for children to take home and volunteer readers engage in book sharing activities with children and model interactive reading techniques for parents.
Top accomplishments for the 2015-2016 program year included:
Reach Out and Read Kansas City's ultimate long term outcome of the School Readiness Project is that each child will have age-appropriate pre-literacy skills and enter kindergarten prepared to succeed. In order to achieve this outcome of kindergarten preparedness, Reach Out and Read Kansas City will focus on three direct initial and intermediate outcomes to ensure that 30,000 children and their families have the tools and guidance needed to be successful.
Program success will be measured by monthly and semi-annual reports submitted by the partnering medical providers and health care clinics. Additionally, a parent survey will be completed annually by Reach Out and Read Kansas City to measure impact of book sharing, anticipatory guidance, and prescriptions to read from medical providers.
In Fall 2016, a survey of over 1,100 parents in 31 clinics showed that 63% reported reading to their child 3 or more times per week, and 100% of this group said they will share books either as frequently or more often based on the advice they received that day. 22% reported reading to their children 1-2 times per week, and 72% of this group said they will share books more often based on the advice they received that day. The survey was conducted in a written format and verbally (as needed) in English and Spanish by medical staff. 98% of parents reported receiving a new, free book at the well child visit and 93% received a prescription to read from their doctor.
BA in Special Ed, Boston College, MA in Special Ed Ball State University. Former teacher; active in Kansas City Young Matrons. Volunteers as a Book Club Leader at Operation Breakthrough and SACS (Singles Available for Community Service). Active member of Lord of Life Lutheran Church.
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Reach Out and Read Kansas City continues to seek funding to provide more children in the metropolitan area with books and trusted literacy advice so that they may enter kindergarten prepared to succeed in school. Currently, Reach Out and Read Kansas City is not receiving any support from our National Organization but continues to operate in the Kansas City area. The need and use of our program continues to grow. In fiscal year 2016, our growth and expenses exceeded our revenue. This was caused after not receiving a couple of key grants we had become (perhaps over) reliant upon. Said funders shared that they were shifting their giving focus away from program support toward influencing policy. Additionally, key funders formed a giving collaborative, which, in the process decreased the number of grants they funded, while increasing the size and payouts. In response, for FY17 we tighten our belts and made significant cuts, while managing to retain the reach and impact of our program. Additionally, we are exploring other sources of revenue in order to reduce our dependence on grants.We rely heavily on the Kansas City community to provide support in the form of gifts, donations, and helping us raise awareness about the importance of early literacy and investing from birth in our next generation of leaders.
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