Maryland Chapter, American Academy
of Pediatrics
 Foundation

The Maryland Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) corporation, is a public foundation established exclusively to support charitable, scientific, and literary or education purposes which make a positive contribution to the health, safety, and welfare of children and adolescents.

Our mission is making it possible for every child in Maryland to achieve his/her full potential. To accomplish this, the Maryland Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Foundation will support activities fostering child health and development.

Please consider making a donation to the Maryland Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Foundation

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To send a donation by check, please make your check out to the “MDAAP Foundation” and mail to 1211 Cathedral Street, 3rd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201.

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Why Reach Out and Read?

Reach Out and Reach gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatrics care and encouraging families to read aloud together. At the end of the program, every child has a home-library of books, each given with the advice the parents that they are their child’s first and most important teacher. For more information go to http://reachoutandread.org

Why Early Literacy

  • The first 5 years of life are critical for brain development, especially language
  • Children who hear few words in early years start school developmentally behind those who have heard more words, and may never catch up
  • Pediatricians are in a unique position because we are professionals who see children regularly throughout these early years
  • The AAP recognizes early literacy promotion as an essential component of pediatric care

What is Reach Out and Read?

  • Occurs at 10 routine examinations from 6 months through 5 years
  • Talk with parents about the importance of reading aloud
  • Demonstrate how best to look at books and talk about stories at different ages
  • Encourage families to cuddle and read together as part of daily routines
  • Give a NEW book to take home