About US

Connected Families. Healthy Kids. Prepared for Success.

We empower health care providers to talk with parents of young children about the importance of reading aloud at health check-ups with a special focus on children growing up in poverty.

By building on the unique relationship between parents and health care providers, Reach Out and Read Colorado helps families and communities encourage early literacy skills, so children enter school prepared for success.

Prescription for Reading

At regular well-child visits for children ages 6 months to 5 years, the health care provider shares a brand new, developmentally- and language-appropriate book with the child and talks with the family about reading together. When the visit is over the family leaves with the book and a prescription for reading.

Books & SUpport

Partner clinics receive books, training, and support from Reach Out and Read Colorado. Over 2,100 health care providers across the state have been trained to use books as an exam room tool to discuss early literacy with parents and evaluate child development.

Resilient Kids & Families

Families that participate in the program read to their children more often, sharing books two or more times per week. Children’s language and reading skills are improved, helping young brains to develop and strengthening bonds between parent and child.

Our Partners

Reach Out and Read Colorado relies on partnerships with socially conscious organizations to help spread the word of our important work in early literacy and child development and to reach as many families in our Colorado communities as possible.

Built on & Backed by science

Reach Out and Read is the only national pediatric literacy model endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Reach Out and Read’s effectiveness is consistently supported by independent, peer-reviewed research. Studies show that our model has a significant effect on parental behavior and attitudes toward reading aloud, and that children who participate in our program demonstrate higher language scores. Our impact has been documented in ethnically and economically diverse families throughout the nation.

Families participating in Reach Out and Read are 2.5 times more likely to read to their children.

Children’s language development is improved by 3-6 months with Reach Out and Read.

Increased exposure to Reach Out and Read led to larger increases in language scores.

American Academy of Pediatrics Reiterates Shared Reading Supports Children’s Long-Term Health and Well-Being through Relationships

In an updated policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) emphasizes the latest research showing the significance of safe, stable, and nurturing relationships as a protective buffer against the biological harms of toxic stress on children – as well as a key toward building resilience.
[ American Academy of Pediatrics ]

Encouraging Parent–Child Book Sharing: Potential Additive Benefits of Literacy Promotion in Health Care and the Community

Parents who received both a book and guidance through Reach Out and Read about the importance of reading were more likely to engage in literacy activities with their children through book sharing at home.
[ Early Childhood Research Quarterly ]

Our Team

Anne Tengler

Executive Director

Favorite Children's Book:

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Jessie Chase

Director of Programs

Favorite Children's Book:

Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco

Judy Duarte

Southern Colorado Regional Coordinator

Favorite Children's Book:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See? by Eric Carle

Harrison Holcomb

Director of Development

Favorite Children's Book:

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Annie Immele

Senior Program Manager

Favorite Children's Book:

Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae

Kathie King

Accounting & Operations Manager

Favorite Children's Book:

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess

Kelcey Kuntz

Eastern Plains Regional Coordinator

Favorite Children's Book:

The Napping House by Audrey Wood

Katie Malone

Senior Marketing Manager

Favorite Children's Book:

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Cindy Phelps

Western Colorado Regional Coordinator

Favorite Children's Book:

Are You my Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Our board of directors

Suzy Jaeger

Board Chair

Senior Vice President, Chief Patient Experience and Access Officer, Children's Hospital Colorado

Favorite Children's Book:
Hey Al by Arthur Yorinks

Steve Bain

Board Member

Attorney, Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley

Favorite Children's Book:
Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss

Emma Bodine, CPA

Board Member

Audit Manager, Kundinger, Corder & Engle, P.C.

Favorite Children's Book:
The Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbitt

Ryan Chase

Board Member

Managing Director, Private Banking, Fortis Private Bank

Dee A Daniels, RN, CPNP

Board Member

Program Director, Sie Center for Down Syndrome, Children’s Hospital Colorado

Jennifer Delory

Board Member

Vice President, Internal Audit, FirstBank

Favorite Children's Book:
Hand Hand Fingers Thumb by Dr. Suess

Rhiannon Hendrickson

Board Member

Founder & CEO, Orapin Marketing + Public Relations

Favorite Children's Book:
Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Scott Hild

Board Member

Director of Business Development, CapTech

Favorite Children's Book:
My Side of the Mountain by Jean George

Jenny Krause

Board Member

Director of the Program Management Office, Denver Public Schools

Favorite Children's Book:
The Three Questions by Jon J Muth

Jessica Sanchez

Board Member

Vice President, Quality & Operations, Colorado Community Health Network

Favorite Children's Book:
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Michelle Shiffman, MD

Medical Director

Pediatrician, Denver Health

Favorite Children's Book:
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

Denise Vega

Board Member

Published Author, Freelance Writer, Faculty & Writing Instructor

Favorite Children's Book:
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman

Kimberly White, MD

Board Member

Pediatrician & Clinic Director, Every Child Pediatrics

Favorite Children's Book:
To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss

Mary Zavadil, MD

Board Member

Pediatrician, Children's Medical Center

Favorite Children's Book:
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Steve Vogler, MD, MSPH


Retired Pediatrician,
Denver Health Westside Clinic

Favorite Children's Book:
How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen
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