BookSpring’s Read/Well program supporting Central Texas Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in very young children from birth through age 6. Children enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed, with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills.
There is a crisis in the public education system in our country. More than one-third of American children enter kindergarten without the basic language skills they will need to learn to read. Reading difficulty contributes to academic failure, which increases the risk of absenteeism, dropping out, juvenile delinquency, substance abuse, and teenage pregnancy – all of which perpetuate the cycles of poverty and dependency.
Each year over 18,000 children in the Greater Austin area will receive a book through BookSpring’s Clinics and Health program area. Those children can now participate in the single most important activity for literacy development and success; being read to aloud from their very own book.