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Read to a Child

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy


20 WILLIAM ST STE G25WELLESLEY, MA 02481 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Read to a Child inspires caring adults to read aloud to children and to help create a better future. Research proves that the simple act of reading aloud to a child significantly impacts his or her literacy skills and, thus, his or her likelihood for success.


What is Read to a Child?

Read to a Child, www.readtoachild.org, is a national literacy and mentoring non-profit that inspires caring adults to read aloud regularly to underprivileged children to create better opportunities for the child’s future. Research shows that reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for eventual success in reading, a key factor for success in school, work, and life. When an adult reads aloud to a child, both parties have a joyful, rewarding experience that instills a love of reading, improves literacy skills, and enhances a child’s self-confidence. Read to a Child’s Lunchtime Reading Program utilizes more than 1,700 volunteer mentors from over 125 socially-minded organizations who read one-on-one to more than 1,300 at-risk elementary school students in Greater Boston, Connecticut, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Miami.

Why Read to a Child?

The landmark 2013 Annie E. Casey Foundation publication, Early Warning Confirmed: A Research Update on Third-Grade Reading, reported that 80% of 4th graders from low-income families nationwide are not proficient in reading and that more than ¼ of these struggling readers do not graduate from high school!


Would you recommend Read to a Child?
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by Beth G. from St. Charles, MO (September 18, 2020)
This organization is well-run and enjoyable to be a part of. Volunteers meet with the same student (2nd - 4th graders) each week and read to them during lunchtime. We met in the school library and had a selection of books to choose from.

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