Promoting Early Literacy in Pediatric Primary Care
As a healthcare provider, you play a key role in the Raising Readers program. Healthcare providers are trusted sources of information and advice for families. Giving a book to a child gives you a chance to stress the importance of reading aloud, the positive effect it has on brain development and offer suggestions to parents about sharing books with their child.
The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Literacy Toolkit provides a comprehensive set of resources to support you in introducing a variety of strategies and tools to support your patients’ early development, strong parent–child relationships, and future school success.
Key resources include:
- Key Evidence Supporting Early Literacy and Early Learning
- What Every Pediatric Professional Can Do
- Resources for Talking About Reading With Families with Low Literacy Levels
The American Academy of Family Physicians policy on promoting early literacy development also provides guidance on advising parents and caregivers about the importance of reading aloud to young children and participating in literacy programs.
Learn More About Raising Readers
Books Build Brains: Putting Raising Readers into Practice for Healthcare Providers
Books Build Brains: It Takes All of Us – Information for Medical Assistants and Clinical Staff
Become a Raising Readers Site
Who’s eligible to participate?
Primary care providers who provide well child care to children from two months to age five within the state of Maine. If your eligible office is not enrolled, download an application here: Health Care Site Application or call us at 1-800-397-3263.
All Maine hospitals that provide birthing services, midwives who attend home and birth center births and adoption agencies. If your eligible office is not enrolled, download an application here: Birth Center Site Application or call us at 1-800-397-3263.
Resources for Participating Sites
This section contains some of the forms you will need, all are available in PDF format. Free Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from this link: www.adobe.com/products/acrobat
How do I order books?
Many site coordinators use online reporting and ordering. If you’re not one of them, give us a call at 1-800-397-3263 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll set up your username and password and show you how to use the system – on the phone, or in person.
What if I don’t have Internet access?
While the online system is the best way to report and order, we understand that some site coordinators do not have access to the
internet. For those sites the following fax forms are still available:
Medical Practices Seeing Children 2 months to 5 years
Book List & Log Tracking Form
Hospitals and Birth Centers
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Site Information Update
Study Finds Parents’ Chats with their Toddlers Payoff 10 Years Later, from the CBC Website (September 2018)
Children Benefit Greatly When Parents Read to Them, an OpEd from the Bangor Daily News (August 2018)
New York Times Publication: Reading Aloud to Young Children Has Benefits for Behavior and Attention
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