Both a training video and a one-hour on-line CME course on pediatric literacy promotion are available as training options for clinics. Some sites find that a retraining is useful when there has been significant staff turn over. To access the training DVD, online course, retraining curriculum visit

The Reach Out and Read training provides practical, concrete and effective strategies for providers on how to talk to parents about books and for using books in the pediatric well-child visit. All participating Reach Out and Read providers must complete the Reach Out and Read training before they begin implementing the program.  The online training course is a valuable resource for all medical providers because it:

  • Offers 1.25 Category 1 CME credits to participating MDs, DOs, NPs, and PA-Cs; credits may also be available to other eligible medical providers.
  • Explains Reach Out and Read’s evidence base and three-part program delivery model.
  • Relates the Reach Out and Read model to the AAP’s Bright Futures Guidelines.
  • Includes video vignettes of experienced providers modeling Reach Out and Read exam room encounters with their patients and families.

Reach Out and Read San Diego can arrange an on-site training session shortly after the application is approved. For more information on training, please email Reach Out and Read San Diego.

At the heart of Reach Out and Read is our nationwide corps of dedicated and experienced medical providers. After receiving our training, medical providers will have:

  • Greater awareness of the importance of both reading aloud and print-rich home environments to the acquisition of foundational literacy skills during the earliest years of life.
  • Knowledge of strategies to enhance development of language and other skills that promotes reading success. Knowledge of Reach Out and Read’s evidence-based model.
  • Appreciation of the provider’s ability to positively impact parents’ attitudes and behaviors around reading aloud.
  • The ability to survey a child’s developmental progress based on the child’s interactions with a book.
  • An understanding of how literacy promotion can be woven into anticipatory guidance about development and language, stimulation and interaction, limiting screen time, building daily routines and bedtime rituals, and school readiness.
  • Reach Out and Read’s Online CME Course