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Annual Report – FY 2015



Reach Out and Read in the News

  • July 19, 2017 — Reach Out and Read of Greater New York among the partners as part of the collaboration, City’s First Readers (CFR) created by the New York City Council promoting early childhood literacy. The organization hosted a literacy celebration for children and local families at the NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull medical center in Brooklyn. Click here to read more.
  • May 9, 2017 — Reach Out and Read of Greater New York is proud to announce we are distribution partner for a new City’s First Readers Initiative. More than 200,000 copies of Phyllis E. Grann’s new children’s book, I Will Talk to You, Little One,. These books will be a gift to families of newborns at 27 hospitals serving high needs neighborhoods across New York City, distributed during the discharge process. At Bellevue, the books will be distributed through the Reach Out and Read Program. Read more.
  • August 17, 2015 — publishes article by National Medical Director of Reach Out and Read Perri Klass. Two new studies examine the unexpectedly complex interactions that happen when you put a small child on your lap and open a picture book. Read more.
  • August 14, 2015 — reports that reading to kids impacts behavior and academic performance but also brain activity, citing Reach Out and Read as a program that promotes literacy. Read more.
  • April 1, 2015 — Reach Out and Read of Greater New York announces the honorees for the 2015 Annual Benefit and Auction, June 1, in New York City. Read more about these inspiring literacy advocates.
  • December 11, 2014  — Cub Scouts Round Up Hundreds of Books for Charity, Scarsdale Cub Scout Pack 440 held a children’s book drive for the Institute for Family Health clinics in Harlem and the South Bronx.
  • December 10, 2014 — Reaching for the Read, The Bronx Free Press
    Students from PS 306 enjoyed a children’s book reading at Morris Heights Health Center, hosted by Reach Out and Read of Greater New York and Healthfirst
  • December 10, 2014 — Fanwood author and illustrator shares message of kindness through holiday reading in East Harlem, Fanwood raised children’s book author Lu Ann Schnable Kaldor and illustrator Eve Gendron recently visited PS 112 in East Harlem for a special reading of their inspirational children’s book, “The Angels on My Tree.”
  • November 12, 2014 — Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso Announce the Launch of the NYC Council Literacy Initiative: City’s First Readers, Press Release Reach Out and Read of Greater New York joined legislators and partner organizations on the steps of City Hall to announce the launch of the new early literacy initiative.
  • October 31, 2014 — Experts Examine Strategies to Raise Third Grade Reading Levels at 2014 Growing Healthy Readers Conference, Press Release
    Hosted in partnership with United Way of New York City and Scholastic, the conference featured panels of experts in the fields of education, health, and child development.
  • October 1, 2014 — Rosalba Messina Joins Reach Out and Read of Greater New York as Interim Executive Director, Press Release
  • September 26, 2014 — How Individuals Can Effect Social Change, MSNBC Morning Joe Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn talk about their new book, A Path Appears, and endorse Reach Out and Read as an organization creating opportunities.
  • July, 2014 — Reading Program Helps Children Start to Learn Early, KidsFirst – a publication of the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York
    Volunteers and Reach Out and Read Program Coordinator Barbara Zion-Green make reading an integral part of the outpatient pediatric clinic at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.
  • June 26, 2014 — Adopted Budget Includes $1.5M for Early Childhood Literacy, New York Nonprofit Press, Press Release: City Council Funds Early Childhood Literacy Initiative New York City Council Members approve a $1.5 million dollar investment in a citywide children’s literacy network which includes Reach Out and Read of Greater New York.
  • June 24, 2014 — Coverage of the American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement Regarding Early Literacy
    The American Academy of Pediatrics makes a new policy statement recommending reading to children from infancy. Reach Out and Read is cited as a partner in promoting literacy.
    New York Times: Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading to Children from Birth, by Motoko Rich
    Our Greater New York Medical Director, Dr. Leora Mogilner, is featured in the story’s photo
    TIME: Why Pediatricians are Prescribing Books, by Annie Murphy Paul
    PBS NewsHour: I is for infant: Reading aloud to young children benefits brain development (includes interview with lead author of the policy statement, Dr. Pamela High of the American Academy of Pediatrics)
    Publisher’s Weekly: American Academy of Pediatrics Backs Reading Aloud from Infancy
    AAP News: Parents who read to their children nurture more than literary skills
  • June 24, 2014 — Business, Medical, and Non-Profit Partners Launch New National Effort at CGI America to Help Close the Word Gap Press Release, The Clinton Foundation Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a new collaborative effort of Too Small to Fail, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Scholastic Inc. and Reach Out and Read to raise awareness among parents about early language development.
  • June 23, 2014 — Pediatricians Use Video Tools to Promote Early Literacy, by Sarah Jackson, New America Ed Central Reach Out and Read is described as an effective intervention, in this coverage of The Video Interaction Project at the Langone Medical Center at New York University
  • June 4, 2014 — Todd Parr and Kevin McGeachy Honored by Reach Out and Read of Greater New York, by Audrey Bernard, New York Beacon, Coverage of our 2014 Annual Benefit at Tribeca Rooftop.
  • May 1, 2014 — Lutheran Promotes Reading Among the Brooklyn Chinese Community During One Year Anniversary with Reach Out and Read, Lutheran Medical Center Lutheran Family Health Centers’ Brooklyn Chinese Health Center celebrated its first year with Reach Out and Read with a family literacy event.
    Also covered on:, Epoch Times
  • May 12, 2014 — Harlem Read and Romp! at Harlem Hospital. Harlem World  Harlem World. Children and families at Harlem Hospital enjoyed activities, picture book readings, and giveaways aimed at encouraging them to read at home for success in school.
  • April 17, 2014 — NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray Reads to Children At Kings County Hospital Center, Press Release, New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray encouraged families to read aloud at a special storytime at NYC Health and Hospital Corporation’s (HHC) Kings County Hospital Center
  • March 28, 2014 — Children’s Book Author/Illustrator Todd Parr to Receive 2014 Mills Tannenbaum Award for Children’s Literacy Press Release, Announcing the Mills Tannenbaum Award, presented at Reach Out and Read of Greater New York’s 2014 Annual Benefit & Auction on April 28th
  • March 10, 2014 — OPEN on Bronxnet Television, Former ROR GNY Executive Director, Traci Lester, and Emelin Martinez from NewYork Presbyterian, talk about the Reach Out and Read program and its impact for Bronx families.
  • February 25, 2014 — Healthfirst and Reach Out and Read of Greater New York Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, Press Release, Healthfirst and Reach Out and Read of Greater New York read to Brooklyn pediatric patients in celebration of Black History Month and Dr. Seuss’ birthday, featuring special guest reader, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
  • January 30, 2014 —  Early Childhood Education: Lots of Talk, but Not Much Action (Yet), by Laura Bornfreund and Conor Williams, The Atlantic An article in The Atlantic applauds Reach Out and Read as one of several “innovative strategies” engaging families in early literacy.
  • January 29, 2014 — PreK, The Great Debate, by Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times Kristof reviews the evidence behind the push for universal PreK, and mentions Reach Out and Read as “particularly powerful” in working with parents to foster children’s literacy.
  • January 29, 2014 — Brook Mahoney Award Board Leadership Finalists, Philanthropy New York. The Reach Out and Read of Greater New York Board of Directors is recognized for outstanding leadership skills.
  • January 29, 2014 — Before PreK, Pediatricians Help New York Families Prepare Kids For School, Press Release, Reach Out and Read of Greater New York children’s literacy program expands to 200 health centers throughout New York.
  • December 20, 2013 — Young New Yorkers Engage in Charitable Giving, Press Release, Reach Out and Read of Greater New York’s Young Leaders Executive Board engaged the next generation of philanthropists at a holiday fundraiser.
  • December 9, 2013 — Reading for a Lifetime of Wellness, by Melanie Grayce West, Wall Street Journal, The Wall Street Journal featured Reach Out and Read of Greater New York Board Member, Katinka Domotorffy, in its “Donor of the Day” column.
  • December 1, 2013 — Gifts That Reflect the Spirit of the Season, by Nicholas Kristoff, New York Times, Pulitizer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof recommends Reach Out and Read for holiday giving in his column for The New York Times.
  • September 24, 2013 — First Winners of Library of Congress Literacy Awards Announced, National pediatric literacy nonprofit Reach Out and Read wins the first-time David M. Rubenstein Prize from the Library of Congress for its groundbreaking work.
  • May 13, 2013 —  New Chapter On Children’s Book Program: A Literacy Program in NYC Was Unceremoniously Dropped by Josh Dawson, Wall Street Journal.
    Former ROR GNY Executive Director, Traci Lester, weighs in on the suspension of the valuable NYC Imagination Library children’s literacy program.
  • May 13, 2013 — Poverty as a Childhood Disease by Perri Klass, MD, New York Times. Reach Out and Read National Medical Director Dr. Perri Klass describes the consequences of poverty for children.
  • March 12, 2013 —  A Preschool Program Conservatives Can Love by Stephen Cohen,  Wall Street Journal. Former co-chairman of Hillary Clinton’s Prescription for Reading Partnership task force and director emeritus of Reach Out and Read, Stephen Cohen makes a case for the cost-effectiveness of Reach Out and Read’s model for promoting early literacy.
  • September 20, 2012 — Mount Kisco Doctors Promote Healthy Readers by Meredith Shamburger, Mt. Kisco Daily Voice. Pediatricians at the Open Door Family Medical Centers in Sleepy Hollow, Ossining, Port Chester and Mount Kisco prefer giving children books over lollipops.
  • November 8, 2012 — Pediatricians add Reading to Essential Health Check-Up List, PBS NewsHour. Special correspondent John Merrow meets a new breed of pediatrician — part doctor, part teacher — who help parents share books with their children to improve and encourage cognitive development.
  • October 12, 2012 — Letter to the Editor: Helping Children Read by Traci Lester, New York Times. Former ROR GNY Executive Director, Traci Lester responds to Gina Bellafante’s Oct. 7 column: “Before a Test, a Poverty of Words.”
  • June 29, 2012 — Tiempo features Reach Out and Read: Segment 3, Segment 4 WABC. WABC’s Carolina Leid explores the work of Reach Out and Read as it connects with Latino families in the Greater New York region and nationwide.
  • April 15, 2011 — Rx: Read to Your Baby, by Lynda Richardson, New York Times.
    Featured in print and online in the ‘Education Life’ section of the New York Times, this article gives and in-depth look at the Reach Out and Read program.

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