Rx: Building Early Literacy in Healthcare

We partner with healthcare providers to assist them with infusing early literacy interventions into their day to day practice.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that pediatric healthcare providers promote early literacy development beginning in infancy. By advising all parents that reading aloud with young children can enhance parent-child relationships and prepare young minds to learn, we can help build language and early literacy skills before preschool.

ReadWell

ReadWell partners with Central Texas healthcare clinics to distribute books during pediatric well-child exams. Parents are encouraged to read to their child through a prescription to “Read a book together 2x a day.” This motivational message encourages parents and caregivers to make a habit of reading together. At each well-child exam, patients receive a new, high-quality book.

Pediatric Literacy for Home Visitors

If you are a home visiting health care provider in Central Texas serving a population of low income families, you can still participate in BookSpringRx.  We can customize titles and packages to suit your specific program’s goals.  We are currently partnering with Texas Family Connects and United Way of Greater Austin to provide books in the way of “Baby’s First Library” for distribution by the home-visiting nurses. We plan to continue this partnership and grow to include other home-based healthcare programs. 

Contact us for customization

Programs target children from birth through age five. The results are more frequent and engaging family reading aloud behavior in the home as prescribed by healthcare providers. 

To find out more about these programs, contact us at rx @ bookspring.org or (512) 472-1791 x 102.

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