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 well-being.

Read to a Child’s model is based on the premise that a 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.

Reading aloud is known to be the single most powerful way to promote strong reading skills in children.   According to the landmark 1985 report Becoming a Nation of Readers, “Reading aloud is the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading.”

According to a study by Berk L.E. of Pearson Education, Inc. (2009), “When adults read to children, discussing story content, asking open-ended questions about story events, explaining the meaning of words, and pointing out features of print, they promote increased language development, comprehension of story content, knowledge of story structure, and a better understanding of language – all of which lead to literacy success.”

According to the landmark 2010 report Early Warning by the Annie E. Casey foundation, “The ability to read by third grade is critical to a child’s success in school, life-long earning potential and their ability to contribute to the nation’s economy.”

According to Mentoring.org, 2021), “Students with mentors are 55% more likely to enroll in college, 78% more likely to volunteer regularly, and 130% more likely to hold leadership positions than their un-mentored peers.”

Read to a Child’s Read Aloud Mentoring Program provides a unique and winning combination of mutually reinforcing tools – Mentoring and Reading Aloud –  to help reduce the resource gap at Title One elementary schools so all students have the opportunity to thrive.