News Release

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Contact: Greg Raver-Lampman, 668-7554

Rep. Scott Rigell reads aloud to support CHKD Reach Out and Reach program

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.— U.S. Congressman Scott Rigell, R-Virginia Beach, read aloud to children as part of CHKD’s Reach Out and Read program, which prepares children to succeed in school by having doctors at well-child visits prescribe reading and give away books for families to read together,

The event took place in the waiting room of General Booth Pediatrics in the CHKD Health and Surgery Center in Virginia Beach.

Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and providers to develop early critical reading skills in children, preparing them to succeed in school by having doctors “prescribe” an age-appropriate book at each well-child visit, advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally appropriate books to children.

Through Reach Out and Read, each child starts kindergarten with a home library of 10 books and parents who have been told about the importance of reading books to their children at every health visit. Children served by Reach Out and Read score higher on vocabulary test and school readiness assessments and show significant developmental gains over their peers in the preschool years.

The program has gained broad, bipartisan support.

CHKD’s program started in 2001 and now has 121 doctors and nurse practitioners participating in the 26 locations of CHKD’s Medical Group’s primary-care pediatric practices. Last year, Reach Out and Read distributed 70,043 age-appropriate books during well-child checkups and placed over 20,000 gently used books in waiting rooms and exam rooms.

The General Booth Pediatrics Location at the Princess Anne Health and Surgery Center distributed 3,035 books last year.

CHKD Medical Group is affiliated with Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and consists of 15 primary care pediatric practices in more than 20 locations throughout the region from Williamsburg to Elizabeth City, N.C.