Imagine getting a prescription for a book when you go to the doctor. That's what's been taking place for the past five years at Dr. Jason Yaun's clinic at LeBonheur Children's Hospital. Reach Out and Read is a national early literacy program where doctors give books to children at their well child check ups from the time they are 6 months old to 5 years old.
Support for this story was provided in part by the Urban Child Institute; it is one article in a series highlighting the impact and importance of early childhood education. The Urban Child Institute focuses its grantmaking, advocacy and community support on kindergarten readiness and third-grade literacy in an effort to improve the education, health and well-being of children and families in Shelby County.