Literacy promotion in pediatric care

Literacy promotion in pediatric care

Literacy promotion in pediatric care

Date posted: July 11, 2014

At the end of June, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement, Literacy Promotion: An Essential Component of Primary Care Pediatric Practice. It describes the impact of reading regularly to the development of young children and acknowledges the opportunity pediatric providers have to encourage parents to read to their children beginning in infancy. It outlines five recommended practices for promoting early literacy development for children from infancy until at least kindergarten entry. Read the policy statement here and some background information here.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has also created a Literacy Toolkit for pediatricians. It provides guidance on how to begin, working with volunteers, and selecting and finding books, as well as handouts for parents and evidence supporting literacy promotion in primary care. View the toolkit here.

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