Children's Books for Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services Clinic

End Date: Sat, 12/31/2011 - 11:59am

Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services need children's books for children ages 6 months to 5 years old to support the Reach Out and Read program 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.

As a part of the Reach Out and Read program which partners with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together, ANSHI doctors prescribe books and advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally-appropriate books to children. Reading to a child in the first five years improves school readiness and raises reading level by at least one grade level.

  • 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.


Take Action Now!

To donate books to ANHSI's Reach Out and Read program, click on the Take Action button so we know you plan to make a donation. Unfortunately, we don't have an online resource for this program to link you to so you'll need to contact Reach Out and Read Director Adriana VanBreda the old fashion way at 703-519-1725 or to coordinate your donation. Be sure to tell them ACTion Alexandria sent you.


About Alexandria Neigborhood Health Services

Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc.'s mission is to provide comprehensive primary health care services and to ensure families in Alexandria and surrounding communities have access to coordinated and affordable community-based health and human services.For more information, visit the Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services website