Where is the one place most children go before they enter 1st grade?
c. The doctor’s office
The answer is (c), the doctor’s office. Twenty-three years ago, a group of doctors and early childhood educators realized this and started a program called Reach Out and Read. Working with parents and medical facilities, the program has grown to distribute 6.5 million books a year to over 4 million (mostly low-income) children, nationwide.
Correspondent John Merrow brings you inside a clinic at Bellevue Hospital in New York City to see Reach Out and Read in action. This story aired on PBS NewsHour on November 8, 2012.
After this segment was filmed, Bellevue Hospital was flooded by Hurricane Sandy and almost all the program’s books were lost. Help rebuild their library by making a monetary contribution here (Donation Category: Reach out and Read) or contact Marie Betancourt at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine other ways you can help.
This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
The Common Core, a new set of academic standards being adopted nationwide, states that children should be able to “read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding” by the end of kindergarten. Guess what? Only 10 states and the District of Columbia mandate that schools provide full day kindergarten. 34 states only require schools to offer half day programs, and six states do not require their schools to provide any kindergarten at all. To find out how many children are actually enrolled in pre-K and kindergarten programs, producer Cat McGrath spoke with Lisa Guernsey from the New America Foundation. The foundation recently released the report Counting Kids and Tracking Funds in Pre-K and Kindergarten. Join the discussion!
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