Reach Out and Read
The first few years of a child’s life sets the stage for the rest of their life. In fact, studies show that 95% of brain development takes place during this critical juncture. According to Child Trends—a leading nonprofit research organization focused on improving the lives of children, youth, and their families— 1 in 3 children start kindergarten without some of the skills they need to succeed. To help better prepare children for the future, Monadnock Regional Pediatrics has teamed up with Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit organization that strives to give young children a foundation for success by incorporating reading into regular pediatric care. This valuable program is being funded 100% by MCH employees through the Employee Giving Program. Pediatricians and nurse practitioners receive specialized training on discussing the importance of parents reading to their children at an early age. In addition to parental counseling, every child is given a book at each of their visits between infancy and age five. “We’re thrilled to be providing young patients with a valuable tool to assist with their cognitive development,” says Dr. Gregory T. Kriebel.
To learn more about this valuable program, visit reachoutandread.org or call Monadnock Regional Pediatrics at 603-924-7101.