Check Up and Check Out

The Kansas Pediatric Foundation is pleased to announce a partnership with the Kansas State Library to provide more early literacy opportunities for families in Kansas.  The Check Up and Check Out program is a collaboration between TAP-TAM and the library’s early literacy program, 6 by 6, in several Kansas communities.turtleMED

Participating TAP-TAM providers work with their local librarians to promote visiting the library and the “six skills” that children should know before the age of six to start school ready to learn to read.  When these TAP-TAM providers give the book to their patients at the well-check from newborn to 5 years old they also give parents a flyer with the 6 by 6 information and the address of the local library and encourage families to visit the library to learn about this important program and get an additional free book!

Check Up and Check Out librarians are reporting seeing new families visit the library and love being able to give kids a new book to take home.  Participating physicians have enjoyed being able to refer families to their local library and building that relationship within their community.

To learn more about the 6 by 6 program click here.

For more information on the Check Up and Check Out program, contact Mel Hudelson at