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Promoting Literacy in Our Community

Contact the Maternal and Child Health Section

  •  850-245-4465



    Mailing Address

    Maternal and Child Health Section 

    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A13 

    Tallahassee, FL 32399 


“Early literacy development is also vital to later academic success. Children with poor reading skills are more likely to repeat a grade setting the stage for a pattern of failure in school. The fundamentals for being a good reader (i.e., cognitive and language skills) are learned before children reach school age.” (National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, 2009)

Averaged freshman graduation rate for public high school students, by state or jurisdiction: 2009-10 

Public high school event dropout rate for grades 9-12, by race/ethnicity: School year 2009-10

“Interventions targeted at children during the birth-to-three, preschool, and kindergarten stages can prepare them to enter elementary school with good language development, cognitive skills, and self concept regardless of their family backgrounds or personal characteristics.” (National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, 2009)

Doctor reading to young girl Reach Out and Read is a program that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms.  At well-child visits, from 6 months to 5 years, doctors and nurses provide information about the importance of reading aloud and give new, developmentally appropriate books to the children to take home.

Imagination Library is a program that mails new, age appropriate books to homes in an effort to insure that every child has books, regardless of their family’s income.

The Institute for Healthcare Advancement has information specific to health literacy.