How is the program structured and what are the core components?
The Reach Out and Read model for literacy promotion has three key elements:
• Primary care providers (doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and registered nurses) are trained to deliver early literacy anticipatory guidance to parents of children from 6 months to 5 years of age during each "well-child visit". This age-appropriate guidance centers on the importance of: frequent and early exposure to language, looking at board books and naming pictures with infants, rhyme and repetition for gaining phonemic awareness during toddlerhood, and reading interactively (such as using open-ended questions) when reading with preschoolers.
• During well-child visits, the provider gives the child a new, developmentally appropriate book to take home, building a collection of 10 new books in the home before the child goes to kindergarten. The provider also encourages to read aloud everyday.
• Reach Out and Read program sites also create literacy-rich environments that may include gently-used books for waiting room use or for siblings to take home. In some waiting rooms, Reach Out and Read volunteers demonstrate to parents the pleasures and techniques of reading aloud to very young children.
Are there other versions/variants of this program?