Services & Programs
Reach Out and Read Program
Reach Out and Read is an early childhood literacy program based in Mount Sinai's pediatric outpatient clinic. We model it after a national program of the same name, created by pediatricians and educators at Boston City Hospital in 1989. Reach Out and Read enhances the literacy development of young children by reaching them at an early age and providing parents with the information, support, and materials they need to make books a treasured part of their children's lives. The program integrates early literacy development into pediatric primary care by building on the power of the parent/doctor relationship as well as the consistent nature of pediatric health supervision.
Major Components of Reach Out and Read Program
- Volunteer readers in our clinic reception areas read aloud to children as they wait for their appointments, showing parents and children the pleasures and techniques of looking at books together.
- In the exam rooms, pediatricians counsel parents about the significance of reading with young children, offering age-appropriate tips and encouragement.
- At every routine check-up between the ages of 6 months and 6 years, patients receive a brand new, developmentally and culturally appropriate book from their doctor to take home.
Contact Leora Mogilner, MD, Director to learn more about the Mount Sinai Reach Out and Read Program, 212-241-5918.
Family Resource Center and Medical Librarian
The Family Resource Center is a comfortable space specially created for families of our pediatric inpatients. In the Center, you can find information on such health topics as asthma and cancer to well-child care and safety in print and online formats. We make two computers with Internet access available for family members to search for information or check e-mail. Staffed by a medical librarian, the Family Resource Center is conveniently located on the first floor of Kravis Children's Hospital near the elevators.
Andrew Baeumler Pediatric Technology and Computer Program
The Frances Pope Memorial Foundation has generously funded the Andrew Baeumler Technology Program since 1999 to enhance the quality of life for pediatric patients during hospitalization. This valuable gift has been developed at Mount Sinai in memory of Andrew Baeumler , who, as a patient here in Pediatrics expressed his desire to have increased access to technology modalities.
Through this and other gifts, The Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department strives to bring today's technologies to our pediatric populations in order to maintain and promote what is now a normal and expected level of connectivity for the families we serve.