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RR-Logo-Color-jpg.jpgIn 2000, EMHS partnered with MaineHealth and, its funder, the Libra Foundation, to create Raising Readers, a statewide program that supports the healthy brain development and early literacy skills of Maine’s youngest children. This program is delivered in hospitals at birth and at well-child check-ups to age five.

Early childhood literacy is an important contribution to public health. By age 3, brain development is 85 percent complete, and research shows that the sounds, sights, and interactions offered by reading nurture bright toddlers, strong students, and ultimately, literate and healthier adults. Studies show that adults who struggle with reading also struggle with managing their health.

Our Raising Readers partnership has created a system where all Maine hospitals and primary care practices work together to provide books and guidance about reading to virtually every child in Maine!