ReadingPals offers volunteers an opportunity to build meaningful relationships with young children in Okaloosa-Walton Counties, while helping them improve their social-emotional development and early literacy skills. ReadingPals was designed by The Children’s Movement of Florida and is currently administered through 17 United Ways with the help of numerous community partners across the state.

What is ReadingPals? 

ReadingPals is a volunteer-based early literacy initiative that provides mentors for students from Pre-K through 3rd grade who may need extra help, utilizing one-on-one or small group settings.

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.

Where is ReadingPals Available?

Programs are offered in 27 counties via 17 local United Ways including the United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Counties, and other community partners, with opportunities in more than 200 schools and childcare centers around the state. ReadingPals provides over 3,000 students every year with a mentor. This is all made possible thanks to the Barnett family’s passion for promoting literacy and early childhood development in Florida.

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