At Reach Out and Read Minnesota, we know the importance of reading aloud with children, starting at birth. We leverage the power of medical providers at 262 clinics around Minnesota to reach over 167,000 children--over 40% of all of the children in Minnesota--with this important intervention.
Reach Out and Read gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. The best time to shape a child’s future is in the first five years, a critical window of rapid brain development that does not occur at any other time. Children who hear fewer words during early childhood start school developmentally behind their peers, and may never catch up. With unparalleled access to families with young children, Reach Out and Read medical providers give books to children at well-child visits from infancy until they start school. More importantly, they encourage families to read aloud and engage with their infants, toddlers and preschoolers every day.
We have a limited number of marathon and 10-mile registrations for runners who commit to raising $1,000 for Reach Out and Read Minnesota before race day. Runners will receive a Reach Out and Read Minnesota race shirt, fundraising support and recognition. Thanks in advance for your consideration!