Mission, Vision, & Values

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Our Values

Read to a Child was founded on the belief that every child deserves to be read to regularly by a caring adult. Our approach is based on the premise that a lifelong love of reading is a driver of opportunity for children throughout their lifetime. A caring connection with a reading mentor helps to facilitate the attention, engagement, and confidence that all children need to thrive.

That’s why Read to a Child partners with thousands of community and corporate volunteers from more than 150 socially-minded businesses and organizations who read one-on-one to elementary students at under-resourced schools in the greater metropolitan areas of Boston, Detroit, Hartford, and Los Angeles.

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to foster a love of reading, improve literacy skills, and support socio-emotional well-being in students from under-resourced communities.

Read to a Child’s vision is that every child has the opportunity to thrive in school and beyond through inspirational mentoring and read aloud experiences.

Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Read to a Child is committed to providing resources to children most impacted by systemic inequalities. We have faith in our students’ ability to thrive and choose to focus on their strengths rather than the barriers they face. We are motivated to continuously act on our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion among reading mentors, staff, and board members so as to best reflect and support the students we serve.

The Mission of Read to a Child