Northwest Missouri State University Reach Out and Read Project is a national program based in a medical model. Family Practitioners and Pediatricians get trained to assess children’s literacy skills and commit to spending time during well child checks in order to talk to families about the importance of pre-literacy skills and how they relate to school success.
The Reach out and Read Project was initiated as a partnership between the Northwest Missouri State University's School of Education (Early Childhood) and St. Francis Family Health Care. While the partnership benefits children and families in the community, Students enrolled in the ‘Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood’ program benefit from the availability of a strong site for multiple course-embedded field experience along with added resources such as books that are labeled and color coded for ultimate teacher and student usage.
"Our pre-service teachers will benefit from the opportunity to enrich the lives of children ages birth to 5 and their families in Nodaway County with high quality, age appropriate books and the priceless chance to be successful in school."
Dr. Pradnya Patet
Assistant Professor Coordinator of Early Childhood Programs
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