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Mathematica Policy Research publishes Developing Math Skills in Early Childhood, an Issue Brief featuring Reach Out and Read Washington.


Special to the Seattle Times “Rx for Success: Pediatricians handing out books” by Dr. Amanda Jacobsen and Dr. Michael Dudas.


KBTC Public Television features Dr. Mary Ann Woodruff, Reach Out and Read Washington State’s Medical Director, as an American Graduate Champion.


Seattle Times’ Op-Ed The Critical Role of Doctors in Early Learning by Dr. Jill Sells and Dr. Mary Ann Woodruff.


The American Academy of Pediatrics releases a new policy statement Literacy Promotion: An Essential Component of Primary Care Pediatric Practice.


New York Times article “The Good News About Educational Inequality” credits the Reach Out and Read program as a factor in improving Kindergarten Readiness.


Deeply committed to equity, Dr. Jill Sells is a Fellow in the Equity Leaders Action Network.


Dr. Jill Sells, Executive Director of Reach Out and Read, explains how the Reach Out and Read program prepares children for school and later success in life in this partner video presented by Boeing.


On May 4, 2015 at the BUILD Initiative’s pre-conference at the National Smart Start Conference, Dr. Jill Sells facilitates a session called Early Learning and Child Health: State Trends and Opportunities, based on the experiences of the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grantees. View the presentations of Dr. Jill Sells, Dr. Dana Hargunani from Oregon, Karmina Barrales from California, and Dr. Paul Dworkin from the Help Me Grow National Center.


On May 15, 2015, Drs. Jill Sells and Mary Ann Woodruff will present about Reach Out and Read at the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) & Primary Care event preceding the Thrive luncheon. Learn about the Power of Relationships and how Reach Out and Read supports nurturing relationships from birth.


Parent Josh Riggens joins Reach Out and Read Washington State’s Executive Director, Dr. Jill Sells, and Medical Director, Dr. Mary Ann Woodruff for American Graduate Day on KBTC Public Television. They discuss how Reach Out and Read doctors support parents so they can help their children be ready for kindergarten and on track toward high school graduation.


Time Magazine ArticleWhy Pediatricians Are Prescribing Books” notes that children under five years old see their doctor at least once a year, and the opinion of a physician often carries more weight with parents than that of a teacher or counselor.