The pediatricians at the Clark Clinic are implementing a reading program called “Reach Out and Read”. Dr. Mary Beth Doyle and Dr. Lauren Kostelnik recognize that the first five years of a child’s life are a critical window for learning and want to do all they can do encourage families to read together. “The Reach Out and Read program is proven to improve literacy,” says Dr. Doyle, “In fact, studies show that students served by Reach Out and Read score three to six months ahead of their non-Reach Out and Read peers on vocabulary tests”.
The Reach Out and Read program creates a partnership between doctors and families to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to read learn and succeed. During regular pediatric checkups, the pediatricians give new, developmentally appropriate books to children, ages 6 months through 5 years. Children will receive a variety of books which may include classics like Goodnight Moon.
Both physicians are excited about the new program and are looking forward to getting as many as 9 books to pediatric patients by the time they are in kindergarten. When asked why she felt it was important for a pediatrician to promote literacy Dr. Kostelnik said, “A child’s education can be a determining factor in the quality of their health and research has shown that children who start school on track are more likely to reach their full potential”.
The Clark Regional Medical Center Volunteers provided the funding for the program. To learn more about the Reach Out and Read program you can visit the website at www.reachoutandread.org.
Clark Clinic Pediatrics is located at 225 Hospital Drive and their office hours are Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To make an appointment with Dr. Mary Beth Doyle or Dr. Lauren Kostelnik, call 859-737-6480.
To learn more about Clark Regional Medical Center and the services and providers available to you, visit www.clarkregional.org and the hospital’s Facebook page.