ReadingPals offers volunteers an opportunity to build meaningful relationships with children in VPK through 3rd grade while helping them improve their social-emotional development and early literacy skills.


What is ReadingPals?

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. 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.  

Why ReadingPals?

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. 



It's easy to be a ReadingPal

After a quick background check, you will watch a few brief training videos about ReadingPals and how to navigate our user-friendly online program.  All materials will be provided, including an online library of books to choose from.   Because ReadingPals is 100% virtual this year, you can volunteer from your home, office, or on the go from your computer or smart device.

Each week you will set aside 30 or 60 minutes to read with your ReadingPal.  If you are volunteering as an individual, you will read with the same local student each week.  For those volunteering as part of a team, your organization will cover a group of young readers in a local classroom or after-school program. 

How do I become a ReadingPal?

Are you interested in becoming a ReadingPal?  That's great! Simply fill out the form below and we will contact you with the next steps.

Do you have questions or would you like more information about the ReadingPals program?  Contact our Development & Engagement Coordinator, Aubrey, at 850.812.3387 or

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