Reach Out and Read

The Reach Out and Read Program provides young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

Based on national data from Reach Out and Read, children who participate in the program score between three and six months ahead of their peers in preschool when tested on vocabulary.

The Public Education Foundation partners with fifteen medical facilities throughout Southern Nevada. Since 2014, over 40,000 books have been distributed throughout Clark County, highlighting to parents that early literacy development is just as essential as their child’s wellness checks.

The effects that I have seen in our partnership with The Public Education Foundation are amazing. We are fortunate enough to provide books to our patients that come in. It’s a nice jumping-off point to discuss with parents about their child’s development and educational goals. The books are part of the reason they come in; they know they are going to leave with something in their hands that will help with their literacy and education

—Dr. Kami Larsen, Co-Director, Department of Pediatrics for Nevada Health Centers


Reading is an important skill that needs to be developed in children. Not only is it necessary for survival in the world of schools and universities, but in adult life as well. The ability to learn about new subjects and find helpful information on anything from new innovations, health problems and consumer protection to more academic research in science or the arts depends on the ability to read. Reading is truly the key to success and we are firm believers in early reading!

—Michael Hollis, parent advocate, Reach Out and Read