Haverhill Promise Partners With Pentucket Medical to Foster Early Literacy Citywide

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Pentucket Medical is fostering early literacy efforts citywide through a relationship with Haverhill Promise. (File photograph)

City healthcare provider Pentucket Medical is pledging to support early literacy through its partnership with Haverhill Promise.

Through the new partnership, Pentucket aims to expand the Reach Out and Read initiative across the city, providing young patients a new book as part of each annual well-child visit until age 5. The program also provides parents with tips and tricks on how to encourage literacy at home.

Pentucket Medical physicians, including Dr. Paula W. Boulanger and Dr. Sherwood Lee, along with Haverhill Promise’s Dr. John Maddox and Rep. Andy Vargas, will formally tout the partnership and announce next steps at a Thursday ceremony in Haverhill.

To date, Reach Out and Read has distributed 340,000 new books statewide in the 290 clinical locations that have opted in to the program.