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5/31/2017

Fayetteville, NC (May 22nd, 2017) –Reach out and Read Carolinas received a $2,500 Smiles for Kids grant from the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) to support three Reach Out and Read programs in Cumberland County that will promote early dental care and literacy within well-child checkups.
 
These programs will combine efforts to improve oral health and literacy among Cumberland County children. Children 6 months through 5 years of age will receive books during their regular medical checkups, and their parents will receive guidance from the medical provider about the importance of reading aloud regularly with young children, as well as establishing good oral health routines.
 
“Our partnership with the Delta Dental Foundation is impacting over 3,000 young children at Reach Out and Read programs in Cumberland County,” said Reach Out and Read Carolinas Executive Director, Callee Boulware. “Not only are doctors and nurses giving parents guidance about the importance of reading aloud regularly with young children, but they’re providing this messaging with children’s books promoting oral health and direction for families on building healthy routines.”
 
The Delta Dental Foundation focuses on ensuring that children and adults in North Carolina receive high quality oral health education and dental care. The grant received by Reach Out and Read Carolinas is one of 21 grants totaling $45,000 that DDF is donating to North Carolina oral health organizations and programs. Grant recipients were selected based on criteria that included the number of at-risk children served, the uniqueness of the program, the level of community involvement in the program and the ability to measure results.
 
“We know that nearly half of all 5-year-olds have had tooth decay in their baby teeth and that these children are three times more likely to develop cavities in their permanent teeth,” said Curt Ladig, president and CEO of Delta Dental of North Carolina. “The Delta Dental Foundation’s grant to Reach Out and Read Carolinas will help provide more underserved families critical oral health education they need to develop healthy behaviors, so that their children show up for school pain-free and ready to read.”
 
About Reach Out and Read Carolinas
Reach Out and Read’s mission is to prepare America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals incorporate Reach Out and Read’s evidence-based, three part model into regular pediatric checkups. The model includes educating parents about the importance of reading aloud, providing a new book to children at each of their checkups, and establishing literacy rich environments where parents can learn techniques of reading aloud to young children. For more
information, visit www.rorcarolinas.org.
 
About the Delta Dental Foundation
The Delta Dental Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 1980, which serves as the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina. The foundation’s goals are to support education and research for the advancement of dental science, and to promote the oral health of the public through education and service activities, particularly for those with special needs. For more information, visit www.deltadentalnc.com.
 
About Delta Dental of North Carolina
Delta Dental of North Carolina is a nonprofit dental service corporation created in 1970 to provide dental benefits throughout the state. Its mission is to improve the oral health of the communities it serves. It does so by providing affordable access to oral health care with the largest network of providers, including two out of every three dentists, in North Carolina.
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