PHNCF's Literacy Initiatives

Inspiring the Next Generation of Readers

The pandemic has affected our communities in more ways than just health, including education. Disruptions in learning have greatly impacted young students, more so those in their formative years of learning to read. To address these issues, our Foundation is working to inspire the next generation of readers through literacy initiatives.

Reach Out and Read

Some of our initiatives include investing in Reach Out and Read, which is a national non-profit organization that promotes the integration of childhood literacy into pediatric care. Currently, we are piloting this program at Primary Health Network’s Greenville Community Health Center. After completing comprehensive training through Reach Out and Read, providers utilize pediatric checkups as an opportunity to have a conversation with the child’s caregiver about the importance of reading aloud to their child every day. Additionally, at each wellness visit from age six months to five years, pediatric patients will receive a book to take home as part of this program.

Reading is an essential skill that we use throughout the course of our lives, but there are many benefits to exposing children to books before they know how to read. Not only will they learn about language and listening, it is also a wonderful bonding experience for the child and their caregiver.

Little Free Library

Through a series of patient surveys, it was reported that caregivers would be more likely to read to their children if they had access to books. For this reason, our Foundation has begun raising funds to invest in the Little Free Library movement.

The Little Free Library’s mission is to be a catalyst for building community, inspiring readers, and expanding book access for all. Our goal is to raise enough funds for us to incorporate a Little Free Library across all of Primary Health Network’s pediatric sites.

We thank you for your consideration. Any gift large or small will make a positive influence in a child’s life!

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