We are thrilled to announce that President Obama recently signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act into law. This bill seeks to ensure the provision of a quality education for all children and recognizes the importance of pediatric early literacy promotion. Specifically, this bill authorizes the Reach Out and Read model in federal education policy for the first time. This inclusion of pediatric early literacy promotion in the act is fully consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ policy statement recommending that pediatricians incorporate book promotion and literacy guidance as an essential element of pediatrics starting in infancy.
Read more here to see why this bill is such a significant milestone for Reach Out and Read!