When we heard that a site in our coalition had success beyond just inspiring children to read, but also inspiring a parent to learn to read, we knew we needed to learn more.
We reached out to Dr. Shira Bassly, a pediatrician at the Morris Heights Health Center, a Reach Out and Read program site in the Bronx, New York.
Dr. Bassly told us the story of a parent of a six-year-old patient of hers who was having a hard time filling out forms pursuant to her son’s care.
“Our health educator helped her fill out the forms,” Dr. Bassly explained, “and gave her information on literacy programs for adults in the neighborhood.”
Over time, the patient and his mother returned to the office and Dr. Bassly and her staff witnessed huge progress not only in the mother’s literacy skill but also in her economic mobility.
“She learned how to read and write,” Dr. Bassly reported, “She got her certificate to become a home health aid. She’s working and was able to move herself and her son out of an apartment they shared with a number of other family members.”