Jefferson Family Health Services Receives 2 Grants to Support ‘Reach Out and Read’ Program

April 11, 2019

Studies show reading to children is one way to address the gap in early literacy education that prevails among low-income populations. Since 2014, Jefferson Family Health Services’ (FHS) “Reach Out and Read” program has helped more than 7,000 families by giving children a book at routine health checkups to take home and keep.

On Monday, April 8, the Jefferson FHS program was proudly supported with separate grants — totaling $4,500, from the Investors Foundation and Roma Bank Community Foundation — allowing it to continue to help even more families in the future.

Through “Reach Out and Read,” Jefferson FHS Pediatricians give books to children at more than 10 well-child visits, from infancy until they start school.  They also encourage families to read aloud and engage with their infants, toddlers and preschoolers every day.  Early literacy promotion is an essential component of pediatric care and gives young children a better start to life.

Shown, from left: Barry Epps, Branch Manager, Investors Bank; Nichelle Edwards, MSN, RN, Nurse Manager, Jefferson FHS; Joanne Sabatini, Assistant Director of Donor Relations, Jefferson Health Foundation - New Jersey; Carissa Fleming, MSW, Social Worker, Jefferson FHS ; Kimberly Pearson, BSN, RN, Jefferson Integrated Care Program Care Coordinator; Felicia Nesmith-Cunningham, MBA, Corporate Director, Jefferson FHS; Xiomara A. Penn-Becoat, MD, Pediatrician, Jefferson FHS; and Diane Micoli, CSW, Social Worker, Jefferson FHS.