Reach Out and Read Wisconsin Fifth Annual Meeting (2016)

Madison, WI US
October 28, 2016


Research shows 90% of brain development occurs between birth and age 5. During this critical time, parents and caregivers who read aloud to their kids are building early language and literacy skills that will allow children to enter kindergarten ready to learn. Wisconsin’s educational achievement disparity are among the worst in the nation.

Early intervention programs like Reach Out and Read can work to alleviate these disparities. Our annual meeting’s objective is to provide education and information to foster a literacy rich environment within primary care clinics. We will educate our attendees on early literacy development strategies, clinical skills for engaging with Amish/Mennonite families, and the latest research in regards to brain and child development. 

Children who are not exposed to reading from a very young age, enter kindergarten with lower vocabulary scores and are unprepared to learn to read. Of those children with limited reading exposure, 88% never catch-up. Learning to read is a life-long skill which impacts school performance, positive community engagement, employability, and life-long health. 

The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 4.75 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Target Audience

Medical providers (and other staff) at pediatric and family medicine clinics who provide Reach Out and Read early literacy services, or are in application to develop a Reach Out and Read program.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe three ways to assist parents in increasing their emotional engagement with their infants and toddlers/preschoolers, through their interaction with their child with a book
  2. Increase awareness and understanding of the Amish and Mennonite culture served by our program and appropriate book selection for these children.
  3. Describe three ways to determine a high-quality children’s book and it’s appropriate age/developmental range.
Additional information


Alex Rogers
Phone Number: 
+1 (608) 442-4175
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 4.75 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/28/2016 - 7:30am CDT
Event ends: 
10/28/2016 - 3:15pm CDT
Pyle Center
702 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706
United States

Planning Committee:
Emilia Arana, MD 
Susan Krasovich, MD
Lisa Mikeal
Wendy Molaska, MD
Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD 
Alex Rogers

Brian Gallagher, CEO, Reach Out and Read 
Linda Leonhart
Karin Mahony, MEd, MSW
Wendy Molaska, MD 
Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD 

Available Credit

  • 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 4.75 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


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