Our Impact

Reach Out and Read Illinois’ Impact In 2017

  • 1 in 3 low-income families were reached.
  • More than 142,000 books were distributed.
  • More than 118,000 Illinois children and parents received coaching and guidance.

Reach Out and Read’s Impact Across The Country

  • Parents are 2.5 times more likely to read to their children.
  • Families are 2.5 more likely to enjoy reading together and/or have books in their home.
  • Children’s language ability improves with increased exposure to Reach Out and Read.
  • Parents are 2 times more likely to read to their children more than three times a week.
  • Children’s language development is improved by 3-5 months.

Why The Impact Matters

  • More than one-third of American children entering kindergarten today lack the basic language skills they will need to learn to read.
  • Children who live in print-rich environments and who are read to during the first years of life are more likely to develop stronger reading abilities and enter school prepared to succeed.
  • Fewer than half of parents (48%) in the United States read to their young children daily.
  • Parents of children living in poverty may lack the money to buy books, may not have easy access to good children’s books, and may not themselves have been read to as children.