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The Reach Out and Read Kansas City program works to ensure as many children as possible in the Kansas City area are provided with books of their own and enter school ready to succeed.

School Readiness Program  

Reach Out and Read Kansas City makes literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric care so that children grow up with access to books and engaged parents and enter school ready to learn. Starting at birth through age five, pediatric practitioners incorporate a book and the importance of reading into routinely scheduled well-child checkups utilizing three components:  

  1. counseling parents about the importance of reading aloud to their young children every day; 
  2. giving the child a free, new developmentally and culturally appropriate children's book to take home during their well-child checkup;  
  3. creating literacy-rich waiting rooms with volunteer readers, reading corners and books. 

Kindergarten Book Bag Program  

At the four-year-old well-child visit, each Reach Out and Read Kansas City participant receives a book bag with two books, handouts, and activity sheets to help the child and family prepare for a successful transition into kindergarten. 

Clinic and Community Partners

  • Argentine Family Care
  • Baby & Child Associates
  • Children's Mercy at Operation Breakthrough
  • Children's Mercy Pediatric Care Center
  • Children's Mercy Special Care Clinics
  • Cockerell & McIntosh Pediatrics - Blue Springs
  • Cockerell & McIntosh Pediatrics - Higginsville
  • Cockerell & McIntosh Pediatrics - Independence
  • Cordell D. Meeks, Jr. Clinic
  • Family Health Care
  • Goppert-Trinity Family Care Center
  • Grain Valley Family Medical Care
  • Health Partnership Clinic - Shawnee Mission
  • Health Partnership Clinic - Olathe
  • Health Partnership Clinic - Paola
  • Jackson County Health Department - Independence
  • KC Care Clinic
  • KU Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
  • KU Department of Family Medicine
  • KU Department of Pediatrics
  • KU MedWest
  • KU Prairie Village
  • KU Neonatal Medical Home
  • Leavenworth County Health Department
  • Mercy and Truth Medical Missions (Shawnee)
  • Midtown Family Medicine
  • Platte County Health Department
  • Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
  • Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center-Cabot Westside
  • Swope Health Central
  • Swope Health West
  • Swope Health Wyandotte
  • Swope KidsCARE – Tenney Pediatrics
  • University Health - Center for Family Health
  • University Health- Lakewood
  • Vibrant Health – Central
  • Vibrant Health – Children’s Campus
  • Vibrant Health – Family Medicine

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"Since many of the children I only see once, and the group of children varies each day, the bonding and relationship you have with them is very short, however, the reading experience and reminding them how much fun reading is, lasts much longer...and that's why I enjoy volunteering for this program!"
Reach Out and Read Kansas City

Reach Out and Read Kansas City

Mailing Address:
3901 Rainbow Boulevard

Mailstop 1051

Kansas City, KS 66160 

Physical Address:
KU Medical Center Support Services Building
2100 W. 36th Ave
Kansas City, KS 66103

Phone: 913-588-2793