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Professor promotes early literacy through Reach Out, Read program

Northwest Missourian

Northwest professor Pradnya Patet is working with St. Francis Hospital physicians to rewrite the book on taking children to the doctor’s office. Patet, assistant professor and coordinator of early childhood programs, hopes to kick off the new Reach out and Read program with six physicians and four nurses at St. Francis after Northwest’s Spring Break. The program promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about reading, specifically about reading out loud.

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"Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!" — A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943