Our commitment to service extends far beyond the patients we serve. Cockerell & McIntosh Pediatrics gives back to the communities we serve.

We’ve supported several area organizations - including Alex's Lemonade Stand™, Reach Out and Read® (ROR), FosterAdopt Connect (formerly Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association), and the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA).

Cockerell and McIntosh Pediatrics has also made its resources available for educational purposes. Our office has been a place of learning for student nurses, medical residents, pediatric nurse practitioners and paramedics.

ReachOutandReadAbout Reach Out and Read Kansas City

We give young children free new books.
This clinic is a member of Reach Out and Read Kansas City. We give new books to children from birth through 5 years of age at healthy check-ups. We hope you will share these books with your child every day!

What does “sharing books” with children mean?
Reading, telling stories about pictures, asking questions, talking about words, counting, describing things, just plain talking with your child ....

Why are we doing this?
We know that sharing books with babies and children every day helps their brains grow. It also helps children to:

  • feel loved
  • love books
  • learn many words
  • learn numbers, colors and letters
  • improve attention spans
  • learn about the world
  • be ready for school

These skills do not develop overnight but rather over months and years.

When should parents begin this program?
The earlier you start, the better. Even small babies like to be read to, because it helps them learn new words before they can talk.

What is Reach Out and Read Kansas City?
Reach Out and Read Kansas City is part of the national Reach Out and Read program in health clinics across America. Children 5 years or younger receive a new book at every well-child check-up. Our waiting room has books and magazines that you may look at with your child, and a volunteer may be here to read stories before your appointment.

If you have questions about Reach Out and Read Kansas City or would Iike to read to kids in our waiting room, please ask us. If you would like to improve your own reading skills, call 816-559-4670 and ask for reading help.

Check out our website: www.reachoutandreadkc.org.