Fast Facts

  • 35% of 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.
  • Fewer than half of parents (48%) in the United States read to their younger children daily.
  • Parents of children living in poverty may lack the money to buy books, may not have easy access to good children's books, and may not themselves have been read to as children, with the result that millions of children are growing up without books.
  • Children who read on grade level by the end of third grade are more successful in school, work, and in life. This KIDS COUNT special report provides information about helping ensure that all students are proficient in reading by the end of third grade and narrowing the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children. To learn about Early Reading Indicators in Iowa visit Kids Count Data Center – Iowa Early Reading Indicators .


Reach Out and Read Iowa's Impact:
  • 92 Reach Out and Read clinical locations.
  • More than 58,000 children partcipate annually.
  • Nearly 102,000 new books distributed annually.


Reach Out and Read's National Impact:
  • Reach Out and Read programs are located in more than 4,654 hospitals and health center in 50 states, District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
  • More than 3.9 million children participate in Reach Out and Read annually.
  • More than 6.4 million new, developmentally appropriate books are given to families annually.
  • More than 27,000 medical providers currently participate in Reach Out and Read
  • Reach Out and Read is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.