PAMF Pediatric Literacy Program
Learn more about Reach Out and Read.
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) is piloting the Reach Out and Read® child wellness program at several of its Pediatric Department locations—including the Mountain View, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale and West Valley centers.
Reach Out and Read® partners with doctors and other health care providers to incorporate early reading into pediatric checkups. In this program, pediatric health care providers advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and give developmentally appropriate books to children.
To promote early literacy and school readiness, patients at participating PAMF Pediatric Department locations will receive a new, developmentally appropriate children’s book at the 6-month checkup appointment. Health care providers will also speak with parents about the importance of reading aloud to their young children every day and offer age-appropriate tips and encouragement.
Families who have participated in the Reach Out and Read® program read together more often. Children from these families enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills and are better prepared to achieve their potential in school and beyond. The program serves more than 4 million children every year, through nearly 5,000 Reach Out and Read program sites nationwide. During the preschool years, children who have participated in the program score three to six months ahead of their peers on vocabulary tests. These foundational language skills help start children on a path to success when they enter school. In addition, higher levels of educational attainment are known to correlate with better health outcomes.
The Reach Out and Read® program is currently available at select PAMF Pediatric Department locations. We look forward to expanding the program in the near future to all of our pediatric patients at PAMF. If you would like to support this program, please contact our Philanthropy Department.