Sunday, October 19, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Sutter doctors promote literacy among youngest patients

Adam Santillanez, 13 months, holds a copy of "Dinos on the Move" by Anna W. Bardaus and Benji Davies, as Dr. Sarah Markley listens to his heart during a pediatric checkup Thursday. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

By Stephanie Breitbart

Sutter Medical Foundation pediatricians in Yolo County are committed to helping the county’s youngest children succeed in school by giving new, developmentally appropriate books to pre-kindergarten-age children during their regular pediatric checkups through the Reach Out and Read Program.

Reach Out and Read is a national nonprofit organization that partners with doctors to encourage families to read together. Since starting the program last summer, Sutter pediatricians have used the Reach Out and Read’s evidence-based, three-part model in their regular pediatric checkups. In addition to giving a new book to patients 6 months through 5 years of age, pediatricians talk to the parents about the importance of reading aloud and reading to their children more often.

Sutter Medical Foundation pediatrician Sarah Markley, M.D., helped initiate the program in Davis after seeing great results in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“I was exposed to the program in my residency program at Stanford,” Markley said. “Because of the positive response there from both patient families and physicians, I was eager to implement the program here in Davis when I joined.”

Markley, together with Leila Kazemi-Carlton, R.N., project coordinator and nurse with Sutter Medical Foundation, worked hard to find funding and become an approved Reach Out and Read program site. As part of the program, Markley said all the providers underwent standard training and orientated all the pediatric offices to promote literacy to the children during each visit.

“There are approximately nine books that each child will receive over their pre-kindergarten care at our office,” Markley said. “The program helps us to emphasize the importance of verbal development and literacy.”

Experts say the first five years of life offer a critical window for learning, with rapid brain development that does not occur at any other time. Children who grow up without sufficient exposures to language arrive at school without basic literacy skills, and often struggle with reading in early grades.

Markley said the program has received funding from First 5 Yolo and the Sutter Medical Group. The Stephens Branch Library in Davis also has donated used books for the pediatric waiting and exam rooms to help promote a literacy-rich environment.

Comments

comments

Special to The Enterprise

.

News

$18.75M grant aims to build global food security

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Return to sender: MRAP removal options go to council

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Housing First pilot project targets West Sac homeless

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1

Howzat! Cricket tradition grows in Davis

By Lily Holmes | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Hawaii hit by winds, rain as hurricane veers west

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
For the record

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

Evidentiary hearing set for man shot by CHP

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
Cop witnesses car-pedestrian collision

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

Safe viewing of solar eclipse planned

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

 
Fill the Boot for the hungry

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A3

Crash victim ID’d as Woodland man

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A3

 
Guns to be discharged at police range

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A3

Donate used books at Co-op

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Love-life tips on ‘Heart to Heart’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Wolk sets ‘Morning with the Mayor’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Volunteers sought to chip in on parks cleanup

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

DHS ski and snowboard swap set on Nov. 9

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Quiz Master Gardeners at open house

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Firefighters on the town

By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A3

Senior Computer Club hears from county official

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Celebrate origami at Davis library

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Esparto home targeted in three-city pot bust

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A4

 
Apply by Friday for Biberstein grants

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Wolk earns perfect score from senior advocates

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

UCD celebrates 50 years of global agricultural success

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Special education information night scheduled

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A11

Be on the lookout for tagged Monarch butterflies

By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A16 | Gallery

 
.

Forum

Old news disturbs the present

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Are we there yet? Yik Yakking the day away

By Tanya Perez | From Page: A8

Take time to reach out for help

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A8

 
A bionic hand with feeling

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

Ain’t Snow Mountain high enough

By Our View | From Page: A14

 
Proposed lights harm kids

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A14

Teach cyclists to obey laws

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A14

 
Let’s take Davis’ energy future seriously

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A14

Be careful cycling on Fifth

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A15

 
Water theater isn’t fun

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A15

Elect Granda to board

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A15

 
Yes on Prop. 47: reasonable changes to curb recidivism, save money

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A15

No on Prop. 47: an end to safe neighborhoods, and more victims

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A15

 
.

Sports

Vargas emerges from crowded Aggie WR corps

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Competitive Aggies fall at No. 6/7 Montana

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Devils stick it to Chico, cancer

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

JV Devils fall to Franklin

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

 
Niemi leads Sharks to win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

UCD roundup: Big crowd sees Aggies nip Guachos

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
.

Features

.

Arts

.

Business

 
Davis is a temple for fine beverages

By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Arcadia Biosciences earns spot on global innovation list

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
35 employers will be at West Sac job fair

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

Rob White: Building an economy on innovation

By Rob White | From Page: A6

 
.

Obituaries

Peggy Belenis Swisher

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Sadie Louise Barga

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Morgan Wheeler

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Comics: Sunday, October 19, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B8