Reach Out and Read Program

Stony Brook Children’s is an active member of the Reach Out and Read Program, a coalition of 180 early literacy programs held in hospitals and health care centers across the region. Annually, Reach Out and Read distributes books to more than 250,000 children throughout New York State. There are currently four Reach Out and Read sites on Long Island, three of which are Stony Brook Children's!

Designed to encourage literacy at an early age and give children a head start when starting school, the program works with both children and their parents. Participating pediatricians provide children with new books at each check-up from the age of 6 months through 5 years. They also give parents guidance on promoting literacy and encourage them to read aloud with their children daily. As research has shown, this focus helps children develop stronger language and vocabulary skills so that children enter school ready to read. There is good data showing that this improves children’s school performance and future reading skills-- all of which is vital to their health, growth and well-being.

Participating Advanced Pediatric Care pediatrician offices/practice sites include:

4 Technology Drive
East Setauket, NY  11733
Phone: (631) 444-4601
Fax:     (631) 444-4990  

600 Main Street, Suite A 
Center Moriches, NY 11940
Phone: (631) 638-2900
Fax:     (631) 878-8083

269 East Main Street
East Islip, NY  11730
Phone: (631) 638-2375
Fax:     (631) 581-9561

450 Waverly Avenue
Patchogue, NY  11772
Phone: (631) 444-6300
Fax:     (631) 444-6327


For more information about Stony Brook Children’s Reach Out and Read Program, contact Cathy Coleman, MD at Stony Brook Primary Care in Patchogue.