ReadingPals – An Early Literacy Initiative

Fact:  Nearly a third of Florida’s third graders attending public school cannot read at minimally proficient levels. And, sadly, those children are four times more likely to drop out of high school. 

What is ReadingPals?

In an effort to ensure that more children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade, we are excited to announce ReadingPals -- a three-year initiative focused on engaging, training and deploying volunteer “reading pals” in 10 Florida regions. 

Who is ReadingPals?

There are many partners: The Children's Movement, local United Ways, school districts, Women’s Leadership Councils, Early Learning Coalitions, Children’s Services Councils and so many others. Together, we will focus on improving the reading abilities of students from pre-kindergarten to third grade in lower-performing schools. 

Where is ReadingPals?

ReadingPals is being launched in 10 Florida regions through the following local United Ways: 

United Way of the Big Bend Region (Leon County)
United Way of Broward County 
United Way of Central Florida (Polk and Highlands counties)
United Way of Manatee County 
United Way of Marion County
United Way of Miami-Dade County 

United Way of Northeast Florida (Duval, Clay, Nassau and Baker Counties)
United Way of North Central Florida (Alachua County)
United Way of Suncoast (Hillsborough and Pinellas counties)

United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties


How can you get involved?

We’re looking for volunteers in each of the 10 regions who will dedicate an hour a week (for at least 25 weeks) to read in individual or small group settings. Volunteers will be trained and provided background screenings before entering the program. The hour you give each week will have an effect that lasts a lifetime.

To learn more about the ReadingPals program in your community, please sign up below or contact:

John Knight, Early Literacy Coordinator
E mail:
Mobile: 440-781-7699

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