Reach Out and Read Colorado Hosts Statewide Conference on Early Literacy

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Reach Out and Read Colorado, one of Colorado’s leading early literacy organizations, is pleased to announce the 2015 Reach Out and Read Colorado Statewide Conference, a celebratory gathering of more than 150 advocates and health care professionals from throughout Colorado.

More than 150 advocates and health care professionals from throughout Colorado will join forces to initiate a powerful and necessary statewide dialogue on poverty, literacy, toxic stress, and current Colorado policy as it relates to education and health.

Reach Out and Read Colorado, one of Colorado’s leading early literacy organizations, is hosting the 2015 Reach Out and Read Colorado Statewide Conference on Monday, April 13th presented by Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora. The conference is a celebratory gathering of more than 150 advocates and health care professionals from throughout Colorado.

At the event, Reach Out and Read Colorado partners and providers will join forces to initiate a powerful and necessary statewide dialogue on poverty, literacy, toxic stress, and current Colorado policy as it relates to education and health. Reach Out and Read Colorado Medical Director, Dr. Steve Vogler is looking forward to Keynote Speaker Carol Emig providing “a call to action, armed with data, as well as a better understanding of how Reach Out and Read Colorado has a key role in promoting a healthy early childhood.”

Carol Emig is President of ChildTrends in Washington, DC and a national leader in early childhood research and policy advocacy. Emig leads a highly respected, national organization that provides critical research and synthesizes data for policymakers and child advocates and she “is excited to spend time with so many dynamic, committed, and effective individuals who are making a real difference for low-income children across Colorado.”

In conjunction with the conference, Reach Out and Read Colorado is hosting the 2015 One Book 4 Colorado launch, a collaborative campaign that puts more than 75,000 free books in the hands of Colorado 4-year-olds at Reach Out and Read Colorado health clinics, public libraries, Denver Preschool Program preschools, and more. Governor John Hickenlooper, Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, and other celebrities will attend the kickoff event and read aloud the community selected One Book 4 Colorado title to Denver preschoolers.

The benefits of reading aloud to children are undeniable. A majority of brain development occurs before age five and research shows that reading aloud to children starting from infancy directly correlates with increased language skills, larger vocabularies and stronger parent-child bonds. A child’s earliest years are uniquely important, however, many Colorado families are currently missing out on this opportunity to build better brains and brighter futures for their children due to access, education and/or socioeconomic status.

More than 450 Reach Out and Read Colorado books are prescribed to families across the state each day. Reach Out and Read Colorado Executive Director Megan Wilson shares, “I find it inspirational to be part of a movement that supports children in their earliest years. I believe every child should have an opportunity to learn, to cuddle in a loved one’s lap and to have books of their very own.”

About Reach Out and Read Colorado
Reach Out and Read Colorado is an evidence-based nonprofit that partners with health care providers to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. By providing age-appropriate books to children at well-child visits from 6 months to 5 years of age, Reach Out and Read Colorado prepares children for school and encourages a lifelong love of reading. Children served by Reach Out and Read Colorado enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and a three- to six-month developmental edge. To learn more, visit http://www.reachoutandreadco.org or connect with Reach Out and Read Colorado on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ReachOutandReadColorado

About Children’s Hospital Colorado
Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) has defined and delivered pediatric health care excellence for more than 100 years. Founded in 1908, Children’s Colorado is a leading pediatric network entirely devoted to the health and well-being of children. Continually acknowledged as one of the nation’s top ten Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and Parents magazine, Children’s Colorado is known for both its nationally and internationally recognized medical, research, education and advocacy programs, as well as comprehensive everyday care for kids throughout Colorado and surrounding states. Children’s Colorado also is recognized for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Centers and has been designated a Magnet® hospital since 2005. The hospital’s family-centered, collaborative approach combines the nation’s top pediatric doctors, nurses and researchers to pioneer new approaches to pediatric medicine. With urgent, emergency and specialty care locations throughout Metro Denver and Southern Colorado, including its campus on the Anschutz Medical Campus, Children’s Colorado provides a full spectrum of pediatric specialties. For more information, visit http://www.childrenscolorado.org.

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