LITERACY PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN INTRODUCED AT BOZEMAN DEACONESS FAMILY MEDICINE AND PEDIATRICS
APRIL 5, 2011Getting books from the doctor is now a routine part of regular pediatric checkups at Bozeman Deaconess Family Medicine and Pediatrics, as doctors and nurses welcome the Reach Out and Read program to the practice. They join more than 4,500 programs nationwide that are preparing America’s youngest children to succeed in school.
Reach Out and Read is a simple, yet highly effective concept featuring three key elements:
Medical research shows that literacy-promoting interventions by the pediatrician have a significant effect on parental behaviors, beliefs, and attitudes toward reading aloud. For more than a decade, studies have indicated that parents who get books and literacy counseling from their doctors and nurses are more likely to read to their young children, read to them more often, and provide more books in the home. In addition, children served by Reach Out and Read enter kindergarten with a six-month developmental edge, and have larger vocabularies and stronger language skills.
For more information about the Reach Out and Read at Bozeman Deaconess Family Medicine and Pediatrics, or if you would like to donate funds or volunteer as a reader, please call the office at 587-5123.
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