Centennial Family Health in Ordway and Rocky Ford Family Health Center in Rocky Ford were recently honored by Reach Out and Read Colorado for 10 years of partnership and dedication to their community. The two health care clinics, collectively prescribed 200 Reach Out and Read Colorado books to Otero County families in 2016, empowering parents and caregivers to read aloud with children starting from birth.
Books are an important part of early learning and brain development and Reach Out and Read Colorado, a leading early literacy nonprofit provides funding and oversight to health care clinics in Otero County to prescribe brand new, developmentally- and language-appropriate books to children at health check-ups from 6 months to 5 years of age.
The benefits of reading aloud to children are undeniable. A majority of brain development occurs before age five and research shows that reading aloud to children starting from infancy directly correlates with increased language skills, larger vocabularies, and stronger parent-child bonds. A child’s earliest years are uniquely important, however, many Colorado families are currently missing out on this opportunity to build better brains and brighter futures for their children due to access, education and/or socioeconomic status.
Both Centennial Family Health and Rocky Ford Family Health Center are in need of gently used books to be placed in waiting rooms and/or exam rooms. Find out more about getting involved at www.reachoutandreadco.org/book-donations.