Reach Out & Read

An Early Start to Reading

Children who grow up without sufficient exposure to language arrive at school without basic literacy skills and often struggle with reading in early grades. Research shows children who start school on track are more likely to reach their full educational, social, and life potential.

Through Reach Out & Read, the pediatricians at Albany Medical Center are helping our youngest patients get an early start with reading.

Beginning in infancy, when a child is seen for a well-visit, they receive a free, age-appropriate book to take home. We encourage families to read aloud together. We teach parents new ways to stimulate children's literacy development.

A Broad Reach

Our practice is one of 96 Reach Out & Read program sites across Upstate New York, which collectively support more than 61,000 young children from birth through age five. There are more than 6,000 program sites nationwide, which distribute 6.5 million books to children.

Story Time Stars

Story Time Stars is a unique program in which medical students read to children, distribute books, and speak with parents and caregivers about educational resources in our community. We partner with The RED Bookshelf, Barnes & Noble, and other organizations.

Most of our books and funding come from the generous support of our sponsors. We welcome any donations or monthly contributions to sustain this program. If you are a community member interested in learning more about our program or would like to donate, contact us at [email protected].