The Department of Pediatrics at LSU Health Shreveport is committed to the education and safety of children and families we serve in North Louisiana through two community outreach programs. Together, CARKEYS (Car Restraints Keep Every Youngster Safe) and Reach Out and Read impact more than 10,000 families each year.
Reach Out and Read (ROR) is a national, non-profit organization that promotes early literacy by making books a routine part of pediatric primary care. ROR enhances the literacy development of children by reaching them at an early age and providing parents with the information, support, and materials they need to make books a part of their children’s lives.
The Reach Out and Read program at LSU Health Shreveport was started in 1999 and we are currently in our twentieth successful year of making books part of a healthy childhood. We serve almost 10,000 of our community’s low-income children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years and their families every year. By building on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers, Reach Out and Read helps families and communities encourage early literacy skills so children enter school prepared for success in reading.
The Kohl’s and LSU Health Shreveport CARKEYS program increases awareness of the importance of properly installed child restraint systems. The Kohl’s grant allows the LSU Health Shreveport Department of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital to assist, train, and certify local safety and law enforcement officers through the NHTSA to become Child Passenger Safety Technicians. The CPS technicians then educate the community through the CARKEYS free car seat checks and Kohl’s funded fitting stations located throughout Northwest Louisiana. CPS technicians remove and inspect car seats and then show the family how to properly install the car seat providing a new one when necessary.
Reach Out and Read gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. At well-child visits in Northwest Louisiana, medical providers share more than 10,000 books annually in 7 pediatric clinics, and support parents to be their children’s best learning advocate.
The Car Restraints Keep Every Youngster Safe (CARKEYS) program increases awareness of the importance of properly installed child restraint systems. A Kohl’s grant allows the LSU Health Shreveport Department of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital to assist, train, and certify local safety and law enforcement officers through the NHTSA to become Child Passenger Safety Technicians.