Reach Out and Read


What is Reach Out and Read?

The Reach Out and Read (ROR) Model prepares young children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. ROR begins at the 6-month checkup and continues through age 5, with a special focus on children growing up in low-income communities. According to Reach Out and Read Carolinas, ROR is part of the nationwide organization. 


Why is Reach Out and Read Important?

Families who participate in ROR read together more often and their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and are better prepared to achieve their potential.


How is DC First Steps Involved in Reach Out and Read?

Darlington County First Steps is partnered with Dr. Dante Lewis of Eastern Carolina Pediatrics in Darlington and the Darlington County Library System. Eastern Carolina Pediatrics is dedicated to the ROR Model and supports early literacy with First Steps and the Library. Their facility has a literacy rich waiting room for parents and their children to explore the wonders of books together.


Begin Reading with Your Little Ones Today! For more information on the ROR Model, visit