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Volunteer by reading to children

Become a ReadingPal and join 200 volunteers reading to young children at prekindergarten classrooms in neighborhoods across Miami-Dade. Research shows that children who learn to read well at an early age will not only read more independently, but also achieve more in math, social studies and science, and are more likely to graduate high school and pursue higher education. Early literacy is a key strategy to success.

Instill a love of reading and enhance literacy opportunities for young children

The next ReadingPals session will begin the week of September 12, 2016 and will run weekly through May 12, 2017.

Minimal volunteer requirements are:

  • 30 minutes per week
  • 25 sessions
  • Level 1 background check

Sign up today

For more information on the ReadingPals program, please email
or call (305) 646-7021.

Resources for Current ReadingPals:

“[That I] enjoyed myself doesn’t quite cover it. I was thrilled with my kids. What an experience. I am looking forward to next Tuesday, the next and the next!”
– Dolores Craeg, volunteer reader

Over the past four years, 649 adult mentors have provided 6,197 hours of reading to 1,644 young children, helping them improve their literacy skills.

Photo of young professional reading to children at the Center for Excellence in Early Education

ReadingPals is made possible through the support provided by Carol and Barney Barnett and our community partners:

United Way ReadingPals