What is ReadingPals?
ReadingPals is a statewide early literacy initiative that provides volunteer mentors for students in voluntary prekindergarten (VPK) and kindergarten who may need extra help, utilizing one-on-one or small group settings. 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.
45% of children in Florida are not prepared when they enter 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. ReadingPals addresses these challenges through mentorship, early literacy, and social-emotional development.