ReadingPals 2020-08-18T16:54:13-04:00

“I love reading to children and I believe in my heart it is key to not only building their vocabulary but stimulating their creativity as well. ReadingPals is a highlight in my week and it is a very rewarding experience. And I just love the kids!”

Geri Moschell, volunteer at Natural Bridge Elementary for the past four years


Volunteering just 60 minutes of your time a week to read to a child makes a lifelong impact — in their life and yours.

ReadingPals is a statewide early literacy initiative that provides volunteer mentors for students from Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) to 3rd grade who may need extra help, utilizing one-on-one or small group settings. In Miami-Dade, ReadingPals offers volunteers an opportunity to build meaningful relationships with preschool children.  ReadingPals volunteers help children improve their social-emotional development and early literacy skills through interactions with two children 3 – 5 years old.

Why Is ReadingPals important?

45% of children in Florida are not ready for Kindergarten and 43% of Florida students cannot read at a minimally proficient level by the end of third grade. Additionally, studies show that children with mentors are more confident and have fewer behavioral problems. Early intervention and individualized attention gives students the best likelihood of success.


MENTORING: To build genuine and impactful relationships between students and our volunteer.

EARLY LITERACY: To improve students’ understanding of the fundamental building blocks of early literacy.

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT: To help students build a strong social-emotional foundation through self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making.

The next ReadingPals session will begin the week of October 7, 2019
and will run weekly through May 22, 2020.

ReadingPals is managed by The Children’s Movement of Florida and administered through 17 United Ways — with the help of numerous community partners across the state.

Minimal volunteer requirements are:

60-30 minutes per week
25 sessions
Level 1 background check
Sign up today

Sign up today!

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

Over the past five years…

650 adult mentors have provided 8,410 hours of reading to 1,644 young children, helping them improve their literacy skills.

Photo of young woman hugging with a girl and a boy

ReadingPals is made possible through the support provided by Publix Foundation and our community partners: Books & Books,  John Deere, Miami-Dade County Public Schools,  Miami-Dade County Public Libraries, Nordstrom and Target.