The Will County Health Department Community Health Center’s “Reach out and Read” program encourages children between six months and five years of age to get started reading. This special effort takes place during the Pediatric Wellness exams.
Thanks to donated books and trained volunteers who read to the children while in the waiting room, families are encouraged to promote school success by including reading aloud as part of routine pediatric care and development.
The Community Health Center (CHC) has announced they are very much in need of a new supply of books for this program. Both gently used and new books are accepted. In addition to having books available to be read to the children while in the waiting room, the goal of the “Reach Out and Read” program is for each child to take home ten books by the time they reach school age, receiving one book after each of the recommended wellness visits, at 6,9,12,15, and 18 months of age, and also at 2,3,4, and 5 yrs.
Having the books available to be taken home can be especially crucial for children from families struggling financially, and may lack the money to supply their children with books.