Reach Out and read program

Reach Out and Read is a national organization supporting early literacy. Smart Start of Transylvania County is the local affiliate of Reach Out and Read Carolinas. Reach Out and Read gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

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Reach Out and Read allows doctors’ offices to distribute a new, age-appropriate book to children on well visits, during which physicians and nurses assess developmental progress in patients.

Important statistics to support literacy interventions by pediatricians:

Our Brains

80% of brain development occurs by the age of 3.

Child Care

Only one out of three pre-kindergarten children are enrolled
in an accredited daycare / Headstart program.


34% of children in Transylvania County arrive in kindergarten lacking the language skills needed to learn to read.

Our partner in Transylvania County that delivers the Reach Out and Read Program is:

Hendersonville Pediatrics
157 Medical Park Dr # A
Brevard, NC 28712
(828) 884-3440