The Board of Directors of Reach Out and Read Colorado has announced that Stapleton resident Meredith Hintze is their new Executive Director. Hintze is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs.
Hintze says she is proud to be a part of an organization that uniquely provides services to families at the intersection of healthcare and early childhood education. “After graduate school, I wanted to find a career opportunity with a non-profit organization that had a broad reach and a big impact,” said Hintze. “The nimble nature of this program links children’s healthcare and literacy statewide.”
Reach Out and Read Colorado offers young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. The program partners with almost 300 clinics in Colorado and serves 110,000 children. In 2015, 200,000 books were distributed through pediatric and primary healthcare providers and immunization clinics. By partnering with healthcare providers, the program is able to serve uninsured families and those who receive Medicaid and CHP benefits.
Many children served by the Reach Out and Read Colorado program live in northeast Denver neighborhoods, and the community has been very supportive. During the 2015-16 school year, a successful book drive was held at the Swigert International School.
For more information about the Reach Out and Read Colorado program, please visit www.reachoutandreadco.org or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ReachOutandReadColorado/?fref=ts.