24 March 2011

Reach Out and Read Utah

Reach Out and Read
Meeting Date: 3/22/11

You can also visit Reach Out and Read on The Exchange, the Thayne Center’s online community partner database. You’ll find contact information, projects, directions to the site, and other useful information to get you started!


Education, Social Work, Psychology, Business, Special Education


About Us

Reach Out and Read Utah is part of the national organization Reach Out and Read. Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.

Reach Out and Read Utah builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning at six months of age. The 6.4 million families in the United States served annually by Reach Out and Read read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed, with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills.

Our Mission

Reach Out and Read Utah prepares Utah’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.

Reach Out and Read Utah trains doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and to give books to children at pediatric checkups from 6 months through 5 years of age, with a special focus on children growing up in poverty. By building on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers, Reach Out and Read Utah helps families and communities encourage early literacy skills so children enter school prepared for success in reading.

The Reach Out and Read Model

Pediatric healthcare providers (including pediatricians, family physicians, and pediatric nurse practitioners) are trained in the three-part Reach Out and Read model to promote early literacy and school readiness:

• In the exam room, doctors and nurses speak with parents about the importance of reading aloud to their young children every day, and offer age-appropriate tips and encouragement.

• The pediatric primary care provider gives every child 6 months through 5 years old a new, developmentally-appropriate children's book to take home and keep.

• In the waiting room, displays, information, and books create a literacy-rich environment. Where possible, volunteer readers entertain the children, modeling for parents the pleasures - and techniques - of reading aloud.

Reach Out and Read came to Utah in 1998 and now boasts 37 active clinical sites throughout the state. In 2010, over 250 Utah medical providers gave over 73,000 books to more than 42,500 Utah children.

LOCATION: (of clinics)
Salt Lake County:
Fourth Street Clinic

Wasatch Homeless Health Care
404 S 400 W
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Central City Community Health Center
461 S 400 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Cottonwood Pediatrics
5770 South 250 East, Suite 290
Murray, UT 84107

Copperview Community Health Center
8446 S Harrison St
Midvale, UT 84047

Granger Medical Clinic
3725 W 4100 S
West Valley City, UT 84120

Just Kids Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic
4052 W. Pioneer Parkway, Suite # 205, West Valley City, UT 84120
(801) 964-3492

Madsen Family Health Center
555 S Foothill Blvd
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Oquirrh View Community Health Center
4745 S 3200 W
Salt Lake City, UT 84118

Pediatric Clinic 6 at the University of Utah Health Science Center
50 N Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Robert Terashima Pediatric Clinic
8925 S 2700 W
West Jordan, UT 84088

South Main Clinic
3690 S Main St
Salt Lake City, UT 84115

Steven D. Ratcliffe Community Health Center
1365 W 1000 N
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

University of Utah Health Care
7495 South State Street
Midvale, UT 84047

Redwood Health Center
1525 W 2100 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84119

University of Utah Health Care
1138 E Wilmington Ave
Salt Lake City, UT 84106

University of Utah Health Care
3730 W 4700 S
West Valley City, UT 84118

Willowcreek Pediatrics
114 East 12450 South #100
Draper, UT 84020


Anna Farnsworth


Meet 1 on 1 with the Volunteer Coordinator or in a group for 30 minutes to go over skills to become a Reach Out and Read volunteer. You will learn how to be an interactive reader, how to approach the kids, what to wear, and where to check in.




At least 30 minutes every two weeks.


• Reading to children in medical waiting rooms

• Helping to manage medical site book inventory

• Working with Event Committee

• Working with Development Committee

• Delivering books to our medical sites

• Organizing gently used book drives

• Assisting with special events, like Barnes and Noble Gift Wrapping tables

Start volunteering today! You can visit their website and also check out their information in The Exchange.

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