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Let's Read study

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    Let's Read, developed by the Centre for Community Child Health in partnership with The Smith Family, is designed to promote literacy to children 0-5 years of age. This initiative is intended to support and empower parents/carers to read with their child. This program also includes training community-based professionals and encouraging and supporting communities to undertake and promote activities to develop a literate community.

    There are two components of the Let's Read initiative:

    1. Program delivery: Community implementation of the Let's Read program across Australia. Visit to find out more about the program.
    2. Study: A cluster randomised control trial to examine the effectiveness of Let's Read. 

    Let's Read study

    The Let's Read study followed on from a successful feasibility study in 2004 and took place in five local government areas across Melbourne; Darebin, Frankston, Hobson's Bay, Dandenong and Moreland.

    Study methodology:

    literature review completed in 2004.
    feasibility study undertaken from May 2004 - December 2004.
    A Cluster Randomised Control Trial from 2006 - 2010.
    Date: 2003 - 2013

    Telstra Foundation
    The Smith Family
    ARC linkage grant

    Publications:      Goldfeld, S., Quach, J., Nicholls, R., Reilly, S., Ukoumunne, O. C., & Wake, M. (2012). Four-year-old outcomes of a universal infant-toddler shared reading intervention: the let's read trial. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 166(11), 1045-1052. doi: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2012.1099

    Goldfeld, S., Napiza, N., Quach, J., Reilly, S., Ukoumunne, O. C., & Wake, M. (2011). Outcomes of a universal shared reading intervention by 2 years of age: the Let's Read trial. Pediatrics, 127(3), 445-453. doi: 10.1542/peds.2009-3043


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The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.