Prowers County is the most recent Colorado County to be recognized as a Reach Out and Read Colorado Book-End County! To be recognized with this honor, 100% of children’s health care providers in the community must partner with Reach Out and Read Colorado to empower parents 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 Prowers County to prescribe brand new, developmentally- and language-appropriate books to children at health check-ups from 6 months to 5 years of age.
High Plains Community Health was the first Prowers County health care clinic to partner with Reach Out and Read Colorado in 2006. And, since, more than 3000 books have been prescribed to children and families in Prowers County by seven clinics in Lamar, Wiley, and Holly every year. Other partner clinics include; Prowers Medical Group, Prowers County Public Health Department Immunization Program, Nurse Family Partnership, and Kiowa County Health Department in Eads. Currently, all health care clinics in Prowers County are in need of gently used books to be placed in waiting rooms and/or exam rooms. Find out more at www.reachoutandreadco.org/book-donations.
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.
The dedicated and impactful health care providers and medical support staff in our community make Prowers County an exceptional Reach Out and Read Colorado County!