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Reach Out and Read - Children's Literacy Program

A pediatric literacy program supported in partnership with Solano County Library, small health clinics in the county and larger medical groups such as NorthBay Healthcare Foundation, Sutter Regional Medical Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. It makes literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric care.

Understanding that the time to start reading to children is in infancy, pediatricians and healthcare providers incorporate books and reading into well baby checkups for children from birth to five years old. During the check up, health-care providers give parents concrete, developmentally appropriate advice about reading, as well as use books as an assessment tool in determining the child's development. At the end of each visit, the child is given an age and language appropriate book. Trained volunteers also share books and stories with children while they wait for their appointments, showing, by example, successful techniques for reading aloud.

Each guest speaker we have is asked to sign a bookplate indicating a donation of the book is being made by Solano Republican Women Federated. The book is then donated to the Solano County Library Reach Out and Read Program.