Reach Out and Read Greater Cleveland (RORGC) capitalizes on the power of words in brain development by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. At every check-up from 6 months to 5 years old, the doctor or nurse talks with the parents about the importance of reading aloud as the child receives a new age appropriate book to keep. Waiting rooms are enhanced with books, literacy materials, and readers who model appropriate reading aloud techniques. The ROR model requires cooperation between doctors, nurses, clinic administrators and the community, and RORGC has been catalyzing this crucial partnership in Cleveland since 1998.
RORGC provides funding to purchase books; support, including collection, warehousing and distribution of new and used books; training of healthcare professionals and support staff; recruitment of volunteer readers; and other assistance. For more information, contact LForan@literacycooperative.org.