Reach Out and Read Connecticut
PO Box 290
Madison CT 06443
Contact Information
Address PO Box 290
Madison, CT 06443-
Telephone (203) 980-6430 x
Fax 617-455-0601
E-mail christine.garber@reachoutandread.org
Web and Social Media
Mission

Reach Out and Read gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.  We leverage two extraordinary forces to improve early literacy and educational outcomes:  the power of parents and the influence of pediatricians.  The Reach Out and Read model provides parents with personalized, age-appropriate advice about books and reading at every well-child visit from newborn through 5 years, along with a new developmentally and culturally appropriate book. Books are used by the medical provider at the beginning of the visit during developmental surveillance, and as a vehicle to offer concrete guidance to parents. Armed with this guidance, parents make reading aloud a part of their daily routines.

The concept is incredibly simple. Take a child from a low-income family where books can be rare and parents often too stressed or lacking the knowledge to spend time on reading. When the pediatrician sees that child, she “prescribes” an appropriate book and guides the parents on reading with the child daily.  The results are amazing.

Because the book has been prescribed almost as if it were a medication, parents are far more likely to make reading aloud a part of their daily routine. As a result, young children in at-risk homes can build their literacy and oral language skills and become better prepared for school – as they learn the joy of reading. 

Reach Out and Read is far more than a book give-away program. It is a national leader in school readiness and unique among all other early literacy interventions. As the only early literacy nonprofit that works through pediatricians, we have near-universal, repeated, one-on-one access to all young children and their parents.  By using the existing healthcare structure, with doctors volunteering their time, our costs remain low, yet our results are incredible.

Among the many anticipatory guidance items medical providers have on their checklist, Reach Out and Read has the best evidence base; 15 research studies, published in medical journals, show the efficacy of our work.   Reach Out and Read is the only anticipatory guidance activity proven to promote child development.   When you participate in Reach Out and Read, you address a critical need with a successful model. Children served by Reach Out and Read are read to more often, have better expressive and receptive language skills and are better prepared for success in school.


 

 

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1989
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Brian Gallagher
Board Chair Thomas DeWitt M.D., F.A.A.P.
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $11,143,156.00
Projected Expenses $11,143,156.00
Statements
Mission

Reach Out and Read gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.  We leverage two extraordinary forces to improve early literacy and educational outcomes:  the power of parents and the influence of pediatricians.  The Reach Out and Read model provides parents with personalized, age-appropriate advice about books and reading at every well-child visit from newborn through 5 years, along with a new developmentally and culturally appropriate book. Books are used by the medical provider at the beginning of the visit during developmental surveillance, and as a vehicle to offer concrete guidance to parents. Armed with this guidance, parents make reading aloud a part of their daily routines.

The concept is incredibly simple. Take a child from a low-income family where books can be rare and parents often too stressed or lacking the knowledge to spend time on reading. When the pediatrician sees that child, she “prescribes” an appropriate book and guides the parents on reading with the child daily.  The results are amazing.

Because the book has been prescribed almost as if it were a medication, parents are far more likely to make reading aloud a part of their daily routine. As a result, young children in at-risk homes can build their literacy and oral language skills and become better prepared for school – as they learn the joy of reading. 

Reach Out and Read is far more than a book give-away program. It is a national leader in school readiness and unique among all other early literacy interventions. As the only early literacy nonprofit that works through pediatricians, we have near-universal, repeated, one-on-one access to all young children and their parents.  By using the existing healthcare structure, with doctors volunteering their time, our costs remain low, yet our results are incredible.

Among the many anticipatory guidance items medical providers have on their checklist, Reach Out and Read has the best evidence base; 15 research studies, published in medical journals, show the efficacy of our work.   Reach Out and Read is the only anticipatory guidance activity proven to promote child development.   When you participate in Reach Out and Read, you address a critical need with a successful model. Children served by Reach Out and Read are read to more often, have better expressive and receptive language skills and are better prepared for success in school.


 

 

Background
Reach Out and Read was founded in 1989 by a group of pediatricians and educators who recognized the profound significance of infancy and toddlerhood in setting the stage for achievement, given that 90% of brain development occurs between birth and age 5. Our founders hypothesized that pediatricians could empower parents as teachers for their young children by providing early literacy guidance during checkups and making reading aloud a "doctor-recommended" activity.

The program rapidly expanded across the country, and by 2001, there were programs in every state, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Today, nearly 5,800 clinical locations nationwide implement our model, distributing 6.5 million books to 4.6 million children each year.  Nationally, over 28,000 medical providers deliver our program.

In Connecticut, the program began in New Haven in 1995 with Dr. Laurel Shader at Fair Haven Community Health Center, and has since expanded to serve nearly 40,000 children at 74 clinical locations.   The Connecticut Regional Office consistis of a Director of Development, Connecticut and Massachusetts, Christine Garber, a State Medical Director, Dr. Cathy Wiley of Connecticut Children's Medical Center, who started the original coalition for the state, a Programs Director, two part-time Program Coordinators, a part-time communications/program evaluations person and over 300 volunteer providers who deliver our program daily.   Dr. Shader continues to serve as our Medical Champion at Fair Haven Community Health Center and as a state wide advocate for our program.

Operating within existing healthcare infrastructure, Reach Out and Read achieves low overhead costs while leveraging the powerful relationship between parents and pediatricians. Pediatric providers have unique access to young children, with 90% of children under 5 years of age visiting their healthcare provider at least annually. As trusted advisors, pediatricians influence parental behavior so that parents start reading to their children at a very early age. Reach Out and Read engages children early, before learning deficits are accrued.

Since its inception, the Reach Out and Read model has been the focus of a growing number of statistically significant research studies, each demonstrating the efficacy of the Reach Out and Read model. Fifteen independent studies prove that Reach Out and Read works: Reach Out and Read parents more likely to read aloud to their children; Reach Out and Read children show significant developmental gains in language, vocabulary and in school readiness assessments.  

 
 
Impact

Over our 28-year history, Reach Out and Read has stayed true to our model and mission, because our evidence base of published studies shows that we are making a difference for families. At the same time, we regularly refine our program as needed to increase our impact.

In 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a policy statement which formally recommends that pediatricians incorporate into every well-child visit through kindergarten both books and advice about reading, referencing Reach Out and Read as an effective intervention. In line with the statement, we are building on our message at infant checkups, encouraging parents to read, talk, and sing with their babies. While babies under six months old will not typically receive a book, their parents will hear age-appropriate guidance to help them promote healthy development.

We have also developed materials and protocols to better serve specific at-risk populations. In partnership with CVS’s foundation arm, we created our Developmental Disabilities Literacy Promotion Guide for Medical Providers, which includes tips for reading with children who face specific developmental challenges, from cerebral palsy to hearing loss to autism spectrum disorder. More recently, we have developed an exciting new program for babies who begin life in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). These infants are particularly at risk for developmental delays and can greatly benefit from hearing the voice of a parent or caregiver reading aloud. At Boston Medical Center and a handful of other NICUs across the country, doctors and nurses are giving parents the tools bond with their infant during a difficult time and promote his development at the same time. While this program is still in a pilot phase, we hope to expand to additional NICUs in the coming years.

Reach Out and Read has always been a highly collaborative organization, partnering with a wide range of medical clinics and thousands of dedicated medical providers across the country. We know that today, collaboration is more critical than ever, and so our focus on working with other likeminded organizations and individuals has increased. For example, last year, we received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) which allowed us to work in four pilot states to build stronger connections between Reach Out and Read programs and local libraries and museums.

Medical providers are at the heart of our program, and we are committed to offering high-quality training and resources to support their delivery of the Reach Out and Read model. Last year, we received a grant from a California-based partner, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, which gives us the resources to develop new written content for our core provider training course. We have also received state funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to create new video vignettes to include with the training. The new training will include the latest research on early literacy development and an increased focus on promoting early literacy for infants under six months old.

With funding for the creation of the course secured, we are now working to raise funds for our Technology Innovation Project. This project will bring our organization to the next level by allowing us to launch a streamlined training module online; better track and report on data, including from new programs like our work in the NICU; and offer centralized, updated resources to our program staff across the country.
 
In May 2016, our staff from across the country will come together for a Leadership Meeting in Boston to collaborate and share ideas for moving our work forward. This conference comes after a pause in annual meetings due to the loss of our federal funding in FY12. We reacted to that challenge by focusing our resources on our core program for children while also building a stronger private fundraising program. We have come out of this period a stronger organization, prepared to respond to challenges with creativity and keeping our focus on our mission.  Our next Leadership Meeting is scheduled for May 2017 in Denver, CO.

We continue to work with several state governments which fund our program while also investigating potential funding sources from additional states. At the federal level, we were excited for the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), as it authorizes our pediatric early literacy model in federal education policy for the first time. While ESSA does not guarantee a dollar amount for our program, it opens the door for significant future funding.

Together, all of these efforts will help us give young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. 

 

Needs
Top Needs for Reach Out and Read Connecticut
1. Support for Established Programs:  Where our program is on-going, our need for funding constant.  Much of our dollars are spent on new books to be distributed at well-child visits along with other program materials for parents.  However, the full cost of our program includes training and continuing education opportunities for our providers and staff, on-site quality assurance visits, technical help, reporting and evaluation of our sites and administrative costs.  
2. Program Expansion:  Investments to expand our program beyond our 74 clinical location.  With this comes the long term support for the new programs.
3. New Books:  Reach Out and Read CT needs nearly 90,000 new, age-appropriate books each year to fully provide our established programs with the books they need.  New book donations for children newborn through 5 years are constantly needed.
4.  Volunteers:  With minimal staff in the state, we need volunteers to serve on our Connecticut Advisory Board, help with fundraising, book drives, advocacy, marketing and administrative projects.
CEO Statement "Few nonprofits have the same evidence base (15 research studies), scale (4.6 million children served through 5,800 locations), and impact (significant developmental gains and higher test scores). Because of Reach Out and Read’s extraordinary team of more than 28,000 volunteer doctors, nurses, and caring adults, all of this is achieved at an extremely low cost. Today, 34 percent of American children show up to kindergarten unprepared to learn. We will work tirelessly in the years ahead to ensure that all children enter school prepared for success.”
-Brian Gallagher
CEO, Reach Out and Read

"Over the years, I have given so many books to my own patients and talked to so many doctors and nurses about how to give books to their patients -- and the message has stayed so clear and so consistent.  We are saying to parents, 'Read to your baby, help your child grow up knowing books and loving books!'  We are saying, 'Your child will love books because your child will associate them with the sound of your voice and with those moments of being close to you.'"
--Perri Klass, M.D.
National Medical Director, Reach Out and Read
Board Chair Statement

“Speaking as a pediatrician, I cannot convey how important the Reach Out and Read intervention is to our work and to the families we serve.  It enables us to efficiently deliver critical literacy information and resources to families who may not otherwise receive it in the context of a well child visit.  Learning that reading and literacy is as important to their child’s development as vaccinations, nutrition and exercise is a very powerful realization.  Many of the parents we see struggle with reading themselves, are working multiple jobs and don’t have much free time, fail to have the resources to purchase books or simply do not know how important reading and interacting with their young children is.  By letting them know how important daily shared reading is to their child’s cognitive development, we are able to give them something priceless to give to their children, the gift of literacy and knowledge.  Reach Out and Read is a simple, yet impactful program that should be offered to all children.”

--Thomas G. DeWitt, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Board Chair, Reach Out and Read 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Preschools
Secondary Organization Category Health Care / Community Clinics
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development /
Areas Served
Throughout the United States
New Haven
State wide
Reach Out and Read CT serves our entire state through 74 clinical locations, focusing on low-income communities. Our programs can be found in all of CT's major cities including New Haven, Hartford, Bridgeport, Waterbury, New Britain, Danbury and Stamford, as well as in smaller cities and towns. 
 
Nationally, Reach Out and Read programs are located in more than 5,800 hospitals and health centers in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and U.S. military bases.
Programs
Description
Reach Out and Read gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.
 
Each clinical location incorporates Reach Out and Read's evidence-based, three-part model into regular pediatric visits:
  • Pediatrican Guidance:  Starting at the newborn visit, in the pediatric exam room, pediatricians educate parents about the importance of reading aloud to their young children every day, and offer age-appropriate tips and encouragement.
  • Prescribe a Book: At each well-child visit from 6 months through 5 years, the child receives a new, culturally- and developmentally-appropriate book to take home to build their home library. 
  • Parents Read Aloud at Home: Parents incorporate advice received through pediatric visits and make reading aloud part of their daily routine.  
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) / At-Risk Populations / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Fifteen independent, published research studies show the efficacy of the Reach Out and Read program.  This is more extensive research than for any other psychosocial intervention in general pediatrics. 
 
During the preschool years, children served by Reach Out and Read score 3 to 6 months ahead of their non-Reach Out and Read peers on vocabulary tests. Our children have larger vocabularies and stronger language skills.   Accordingly, parents who participate in Reach Out and Read demonstrate significant changes in how frequently they read to their children, and in their beliefs and attitudes toward reading aloud. Reach Out and Read parents read more frequently to their young children than their non-participating parents with non-English speaking parents 10 times more likely to incorporate reading aloud into their daily routines,  
 
The advice and instruction conveyed to parents at pediatric visits profoundly impacts daily parental behavior to have significant long-term effects.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Reach Out and Read aims to set the stage for reading achievement, by reaching parents during the early, critical period of their child's development; the first 5 years of life when 90% of brain development occurs.  
 
More than one-third (34%) of American children entering kindergarten today lack the basic language skills they will need to learn to read. Children who live in print-rich environments and who are read to during the first years of life are more likely to develop stronger reading abilities and enter school prepared to succeed. Fewer than half of parents (48%) in the United States read to their young children daily, and economically-challenged families may lack the money to buy books or not have access to high quality books.
 
Reach Out and Read is working toward the day when all children enter kindergarten performing at grade level, prepared to excel, and with parents who are highly engaged in their children's academic and overall success. 
 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
We are committed to comprehensive program evaluation. Our evidence base shows that when our program is implemented with fidelity, children and families achieve life-changing outcomes. We employ 3 primary tools to evaluate program fidelity:
 
1. The semi-annual Progress Report, submitted by providers, captures number of children served, their demographics, number of participating providers, number of volunteer hours dedicated to the program, and other quality assurance data.

2. Site observations are conducted annually/bi-annually at program site visits by Reach Out and Read program staff. A Site Observation Scale, completed in-person at the site visit, evaluates the quality of the program.

3. Each year, providers complete our Medical Provider Survey which reports on program operations and pediatrician's adherence to our model.

Analyzing training activity and these three measures gives us the capacity to evaluate program quality, create performance goals, and recommend improvements.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
"Many of our families depend entirely on Reach Out and Read books in order to have books at home."  --Fair Haven Community Health Center, New Haven, CT
 
"We serve a wide variety of patients in an inner-city urban setting.  Although many of our parents are working, many do not have the ability to purchase or provide high quality reading materials for their children.  This stems from either a lack of resources, time, or accessibility in the community.  Additionally, New Haven public schools are currently going through a school reform to improve the overall reading skills of the greater New Haven school aged population.  Being able to provide free books to patients will help assist this effort even before they start to attend school."  --New Haven Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, LLC
 
"Next to the immunizations we give, Reach Out and Read is the most important intervention we accomplish during the well-child visit."
--Daniel Webster Hudgings, MD, Sage Memorial Hospital, AZ
 
Description
The Leyendo Juntos (Reading Together) CME accredited Initiative trains primary care providers in effectively encouraging Latino parents and extended family members to read with their children.
 
Leyendo Juntos follows the three-part model of pediatric guidance, prescribing books, and encouraging parents to read aloud at home, emphasizing respect for patients' cultures and primary language. The Initiative builds upon best practices that medical providers at various levels of linguistic proficiency (e.g. native Spanish speakers, near-fluent speakers, and those who speak medically-appropriate Spanish) use to emphasize the importance of early literacy to Spanish-speaking families. Parents understand the critical impact reading together has on their child's development and future school success. 
 
Special tools, such as a Spanish Language Literacy Promotion Guide, Spanish books and materials, and Reach Out and Read's Spanish-language website, help medical providers serve Latino families.
 
 
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) / Hispanic, Latino Heritage /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Reach Out and Read's three part model of pediatric guidance, prescribing books, and encouraging parents to read aloud at home is proven to change parental behaviors and improve educational outcomes for children participating in the five year program.
 
The Leyendo Juntos initiative offers additional benefits for participating families. According to an independent study, Hispanic parents whose children had received bilingual books, educational materials, and literacy-promoting anticipatory guidance were more likely to report reading aloud with their children at least three days per week, and that reading was one of their three favorite activities (Golova et al. "Literacy Promotion for Hispanic families in a primary care setting: A randomized controlled trial." Pediatrics 1998; 103, p. 993-997). 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Children of Spanish-speaking families are more than twice as likely to fail fourth-grade reading assessments than non-Latino white children. Latino families have on average 20 fewer books in their homes than their English-speaking counterparts, and 58 percent of Latino fourth-graders read below the basic level. Reach Out and Read programs nationwide serve families for whom Spanish is their first language, benefiting more than one million Latino children and families.
 
Reach Out and Read aims to ensure that all Latino children enter kindergarten with highly-engaged parents, performing at grade level, and prepared to excel. Recognizing and leveraging the strong sense of culture and strong family and social connections Latinos share, we hope to help families overcome some disparities they face, and ensure school success for their children.  
 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Program success for Leyendo Juntos is monitored using the same methods as for the general Reach Out and Read program. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
"I can't tell you how grateful I am for all the books your program has provided.  You should see the looks of surprise and joy on those faces, especially parents!  Bilingual books in Spanish and Creole/French provide a sense of empowerment for families who may feel uneasy reading in English.  Reach Out and Read's program and purpose is the same reason why I became a doctor - to be there for those who may not have access to privileges that many of us take for granted.  Thank you."  -- Rainbow Pediatrics, Stamford CT
 
"One of my patients is a 1-year-old girl from a Spanish-speaking family. Sometimes I give her Bilingual books in Spanish and English, sometimes I give her books in Spanish. At her last checkup, her mother began to cry explaining how upset she was that she could not read to her daughter in English. I told her about an adult literacy program in the area, and she's already started the classes. Reach Out and Read doesn't just affect the life of the child - it can improve the literacy of everyone in the home." - Reach Out and Read Pediatrician, San Diego CA
 
Description
The Reach Out and Read American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Coalition was established in 2007 as a partnership between the AAP Committee on Native American Child Health (CONATCH), the Indian Health Service (IHS) and Reach Out and Read. The Initiative aims to:
  • Provide on-site training, technical assistance, and quality improvement visits to our programs at Indian Health Service/Tribal/Urban (ITU) clinics nationwide. 
  • Secure funding for each program's annual book budget. Most ITU clinics are under funded and lack discretionary funds to purchase Reach Out and Read books.
  • Expand the Reach Out and Read program to additional ITU clinics across the country. 
  • Procure books with Native American themes and in Native American languages. 
Currently, 215 Sites serve more than 60,000 Native American children ages 6 months through 5 years.  More than 120,000 books are distributed by nearly 700 medical providers. 
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) / Native Americans /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Participation in Reach Out and Read's three part model of pediatric guidance, prescribing books, and encouraging parents to read aloud at home guarantees changes in parental behavior and improvement in children's school readiness.
 
We build on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop essential early literacy skills in young children via the existing Indian Health Service and tribal healthcare infrastructure, which provides services to approximately 75% of AI/AN children.  Since 215 of the approximately 400 IHS clinics implement our program, we are able to achieve significant reach within the AI/AN community and profoundly impact this population.
 
As a result of our evidence-based intervention, parents learn new ways to stimulate their children's literacy development, have more books in their home, and read to their children more.  Parents are supported as their children's first and most important teachers, and children grow up to become readers. 
 
 
 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Reach Out and Read is working toward the day when all children enter kindergarten performing at grade level and with highly-engaged parents.. There is a clear need to promote and encourage early literacy among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children:
  • Eighty percent of AI/AN children on reservations live in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty line. 
  • AI/AN children, as a group, have some of the lowest test scores, the lowest high school graduation rates, and the lowest college entry and graduation rates of any minority group in the nation.
  • There are limited AI/AN-themed children's books available, and those that exist are often quite expensive. 
Early language development ensures later school achievement of young children. Fifteen published research studies show the efficacy of Reach Out and Read. By saturating AI/AN communities, we can ensure that AI/AN children receive the resources they need to arrive at school prepared to succeed.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Program success for Reach Out and Read's American Indian/Alaska Native Coalition is monitored using the same methods as for the general Reach Out and Read program.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Reach Out and Read delivers results. Our program is a proven intervention, supported by 15 independent, published research studies. During the preschool years, children served by Reach Out and Read score three to six months ahead of their non-Reach Out and Read peers on vocabulary tests preparing them to start school ready to read and succeed.
Description
Reach Out and Read in the Military was launched in 2006 to deliver our three part model (pediatric guidance, prescribing books, and encouraging parents to read aloud at home) to military children nationwide. The Initiative addresses the unique pressures on military families, including separation, deployment, injury, or even the death of a parent. 
 
Building upon early support from the Department of Defense, Reach Out and Read implements its literacy program at targeted U.S. military healthcare facilities, laying the foundation for one day serving all military families with young children. Reach Out and Read in the Military currently serves 130,000 military children at 70 military installations worldwide. More than 600 military healthcare providers participate in Reach Out and Read.  Additionally, and we serve National Guard/Reserve families through our civilian programs.
 
 
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) / Families / Other Named Groups
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Families participating in Reach Out and Read in the Military are equipped with critical skills that help them cope in difficult times. The military system provides full and systematic primary care for the children of military families, enabling Reach Out and Read to one day reach all military children. 
 
Reach Out and Read changes parental behaviors so that parents read aloud to their children regularly. Children participating in the program enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and highly-engaged parents.
 
Reading aloud is a proven technique to help children cope with stress and anxiety. Reach Out and Read especially benefits military families by building routines to reassure children during stressful times such as deployment. Reach Out and Read in the Military helps military parents understand developmental stages, and develop skills and knowledge that are essential for families tested by multiple deployments, separation, and reintegration.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Reach Out and Read in the Military is working toward the day when all children in military families enter kindergarten with highly-engaged parents, performing at grade level, and prepared to excel. Our mission is to provide military families with essential resources that help them cope with the unique pressures they face.
 
In support with Joining Forces, a White House initiative to honor and support America's service members and their families, Reach Out and Read will expand its reach to serve additional children and military families.   This will help ensure that children with parents in the Military arrive at school prepared to read and excel.  
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Program success for Reach Out and Read in the Military is monitored using the same methods as for the general Reach Out and Read program. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. As Cpt. Mary Beth Doyle, a U.S. Air Force pediatrician, said on a recent "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" segment highlighting Reach Out and Read's military initiative, "Reading is a proven coping mechanism for children in times of stress and tragedy."
CEO/Executive Director
Brian Gallagher
Term Start Feb 2014
Email development@reachoutandread.org
Experience As Chief Executive Officer, Brian Gallagher leads the Reach Out and Read network, including more than 5,500 program sites in all 50 states and nearly 30 regional, state, and local coalitions. He is working closely with the Board of Directors to implement organizational strategy, focusing on the delivery of a high-quality program for children and families. Gallagher, who has been with Reach Out and Read for seven years, previously served as the organization's Director of National Programs, providing strategic leadership to all aspects of organization's national programmatic activity, including program metrics, medical provider training and professional development, quality assurance and improvement efforts, and special initiatives, as well as our national efforts to increase the number of children and the number of healthcare providers who participate in Reach Out and Read. During his tenure in this role, the organizational capacity increased significantly, expanding from 3,714 programs to more than 5,000. In collaboration with partners nationwide, Gallagher led efforts to build a strong foundation for numerous new state and regional coalitions to increase capacity to serve even more children living in low-income communities. Gallagher previously worked as a Policy and Program Manager for the Boston Private Industry Council, a workforce development organization with a special focus on designing and implementing school-to-career programs. He holds an M.P.A. from Suffolk University and a B.A. from Hamilton College. 
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 30
Number of Part Time Staff 11
Number of Volunteers 28000
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate 98%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 40
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 38
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Anne-Marie Fitzgerald Apr 2013 - Jan 2014
Mr. Earl Martin Phalen Sept 2009 - Mar 2013
Senior Staff
Title Chief Financial Officer
Experience/Biography Laurel Ford, MBA, CPA, is responsible for Reach Out and Read's financial management. Since 2012, Laurel has directed the current and long-term financial plans and accounting practices of Reach Out and Read. She manages the organization's financial reporting, budgeting, contracting, auditing, human resources, office administration, and management reporting. Laurel has more than twenty-five years of financial management experience in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Prior to joining Reach Out and Read, Ford held executive level finance positions at Hasbro and U.S. Foodservice along with a variety of consulting and controllership positions. She is a certified public accountant, holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from Bentley University.
Title Director of Development
Experience/Biography As Development Director of Reach Out and Read, Diane Malcolmson focuses on leading the organization's advancement efforts and developing national fundraising partnerships across its network of 5,500 program sites. Malcolmson brings more than 20 years of experience to the postion, and served most recently as the Chief Development Officer at nonprofit Boston Medflight, a regional leader in critical care transport. Prior to this, she served as Vice President of Development and Marketing at the Dimock Center, and as Senior Director of National Development at Year Up. Earlier in her career, Malcolmson held development leadership roles at organizations including Harvard University, Columbia University, Winchester Hospital, and Tufts University. She also served as Senior Vice President and Director of Internal Marketing, Media and Communications at Fleet Financial Group. Malcolmson earned her Bachelor's degree in international relations from Regis College and two Master's degrees, one in business administration and the other in international affairs, from Columbia University.
Title Director of Communications
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations

On the local level, Reach Out and Read Connecticut has built successful collaborations with like-minded organizations. Some of these include Read to Grow, Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance, United Way of Greater Waterbury, United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, United Way of Western Connecticut, Connecticut Library Consortium, Connecticut Library Association, Bristol Early Childhood Alliance, Norwalk Early Childhood Alliance, Norwalk ACTS, Stamford School Readiness Council, Connecticut Birth to Three, and the Greater New Haven Literacy Coalition.

Nationally, we enjoy collaborations with the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Annie E. Casey's National Campaign for Grade Level Reading, Land's End, Ralph Lauren, Uncommon Goods and Scholastic, Inc.


Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Policy Statement: Literacy Promotion; An Essential Component of Primary Care Pediatric PracticeAmerican Academy of Pediatrics2014
Social Capitalist AwardFast Company/The Monitor Group2008
Valued PartnerGuideStar Exchange2009
Seal of ExcellenceIndependent Charities of America2008
Award of HonorAmerican Hospital Association2013
David M. Rubenstein PrizeLibrary of Congress2013
Angel AwardThe Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art2014
Board Chair
Thomas DeWitt M.D., F.A.A.P.
Company Affiliation University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Term June 2015 to June 2018
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Claudia Aristy Director, Children of Bellevue's Reach Out and Read and H.E.L.P. Project
Jay Berkelhamer M.D., F.A.A.P.Past President, American Academy of Pediatrics, Senior Physician Advisor, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Curtis Gray Senior Vice President, Human Resources BAE Systems, Inc.
Jeremy Hastings VP, Provider Partnerships, Beacon Health Strategies
Susan Hildreth Peninsula Library System
Evan Keyser MBADirector, Global Healthcare Group, Citi Corporate and Investment Banking
Perri Klass M.D., F.A.A.P.National Medical Director, Reach Out and Read, Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics, New York University
Lisa Lebovitz Reach Out and Read Supporter
Robert LeBuhn Private Investor
Ann Mercer Logan Board Chair, ROR Colorado
Dipesh Navsaria MPH, MSLIS, MDUniveristy of Wisconsin School of Medicine
Robert Needlman M.D., F.A.A.P.Co-founder, Reach Out and REad, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Judy Newman EVP & President, Scholastic Book Clubs & E-Commerce
Kyu Rhee MD, MPPChief Health Officer, IBM
Catherine Snow Ph.D.Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Benita Somerfield Library of Congress Literacy Awards
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Standing Committees
Finance
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Technology
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Carol Benjamin B.S.NPediatric Nurse Manager (Retired)
Renee Casey M.D., F.A.A.PPediatrician
Charnaie Gordon Here Wee Read
Sue McCann M.A., M.S.Educational Media Outreach Consultant
Tish Rabe Children's Book Author
Cynthia Roque M.D., F.A.A.PPediatrician
Susan Schroeder Asset & Retirement Investment Associates, LLC (ARIA)
T. Stephens Author, Tesaro, Inc.
Debra Thibault Berlin Public Schools
Randi Walsh Early Literacy and Child Development Specialist
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30 2017
Projected Revenue $11,143,156.00
Projected Expenses $11,143,156.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
The Elephant In The Clinic2016View
American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement on Literacy2014View
Reach Out and Read Research Studies Summary2013View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals ChartHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Revenue$12,060,303$10,933,130$12,648,005
Total Expenses$11,273,315$10,394,781$12,207,107
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$10,607,580$9,146,164$11,331,676
Government Contributions$1,324,461$1,202,673$1,162,168
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$1,324,461$1,202,673$1,162,168
Individual Contributions--$459,379--
------
$100,671$88,058$47,029
Investment Income, Net of Losses$384$484$697
Membership Dues------
Special Events$37,848$66,667$113,141
Revenue In-Kind------
Other($10,641)($30,295)($6,706)
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$9,771,281$9,019,689$10,519,745
Administration Expense$835,723$687,687$844,848
Fundraising Expense$666,311$687,405$842,514
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.051.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%87%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%6%7%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$5,504,575$4,483,632$4,909,580
Current Assets$5,356,183$4,437,972$4,856,550
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$1,193,471$959,516$1,923,813
Total Net Assets$4,311,104$3,524,116$2,985,767
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGrossman Family Foundation $200,000Scholastic Inc. $5,143,000Comm. of MA - Early Ed. & Care $750,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountViking Global Foundation $110,000Commonwealth of Massachusetts $800,000Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $699,460
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous Local Foundation $60,000Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $345,162The William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust $675,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.494.632.52
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments

The form 990 and audits are those of Reach Out and Read.  They are not specific to Reach Out and Read Connecticut.  

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Address PO Box 290
Madison, CT 06443
Primary Phone 203 980-6430
CEO/Executive Director Brian Gallagher
Board Chair Thomas DeWitt M.D., F.A.A.P.
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

 

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