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Prowers Honored as Reach Out & Read County

 

Prowers County recognized as Reach Out and Read Colorado Book-End County. Annually, more than 3000 Reach Out and Read Colorado books are prescribed to children and families at health check-ups in Prowers County at seven partner sites.

Prowers County, Colorado (August 7, 2017) – 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 & Environment Immunization Program and Southeast Nurse Family Partnership Program and Kiowa County Public Health in Eads.

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!

About Reach Out and Read Colorado

Reach Out and Read Colorado is an evidence-based nonprofit that partners with health care providers to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. By providing age-appropriate books to children at well-child visits from 6 months to 5 years of age, Reach Out and Read Colorado prepares children for school and encourages a lifelong love of reading. Children served by Reach Out and Read Colorado enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and a three- to six-month developmental edge. To learn more, visit http://www.reachoutandreadco.org or connect with Reach Out and Read Colorado on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ReachOutandReadColorado.

 

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