The Reach Out and Read National Center recently sent out their latest recommendations around literacy promotion in the first six months of life.
- Consider incorporating a book into the nursery or newborn visit, as a way to make sure that providers start this conversation; many programs have been able to partner with other local programs or initiatives which target newborns and provide books. This could be a board book for a very young child, or else a book designed for parents to read to (and maybe about) an infant.
- Do everything you can to incorporate a message about the importance of reading and talking and singing from the very early visits, and if you aren’t giving books, perhaps look ahead to those future ROR visits–but make sure that this anticipatory guidance is part of the training for all providers and is clearly connected to the ROR intervention.
- Consider an additional board book at the 4-month visit.