Read to Learn

Read to Learn

A community wide initiative to increase the number
of third graders who read at or above grade level.

88 Percent of children who never graduate from high school were poor third grade readers, and high school dropouts earn less than half of college graduates.Reading at grade level by the third grade is the leading indicator of school success and high school graduation, but currently nearly half* of our third graders fail to achieve this critical benchmark. This pivotal year in a child's life is when kids must make the shift from learning to read to reading to learn.

The three major reasons why children
are not reading at grade level are:

Summer Learning Loss
Poor School Attendance
Inadequate Pre-School Readiness

To address these areas and reach our goal,
a Community Action Plan has been created.
Download it here (pdf)

 Do your part. Help your child succeed in school and in life by reading with them every day and by following these simple guidelines.

  • Read together every day for at least 20-30 minutes
  • Select books with faces, animals, and objects you can point to and talk about
  • Read with fun in your voice by using different voices for different characters
  • Answer your child's questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to your child's responses
  • Talk about the words on the page, letter sounds, how we read from left to right and from top to bottom.
  • Point out print everywhere. Talk about the words you see all around you and ask your child to find a new word every time you go out together.
  • Sing songs, tell stories and talk about things you see while visiting new places
  • Limit computer and television time
  • Visit the public library to read and borrow books together
  • Create your own home library of children's books

Download these tips as a printable brochure by clicking here: English, Spanish, Creole

Books are the key to unlock a child's imagination and open their eyes to a world of learning. Introduce your children to the power of your nearest library. To learn more about what our free, Miami-Dade County Public Library system has to offer; how to get a library card; and for information about branch locations and operating hours, visit:

Read to Learn Book Club
Read to Learn Book Club

Register your child before they turn 3 to receive free books. Click on this ad to learn more about our monthly book club.


View samples of our Public Awareness Campaign.

Visit this page again for updates about the Read to Learn initiative. For questions or to request additional information, write to


Read to learn partners include Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami-Dade County government and its library system, the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe, the Miami-Dade Family Learning Partnership, United Way of Miami-Dade, and The Children's Movement of Florida.

* Source: Florida Department of Education, Spring 2012 Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test in Reading (FCAT 2.0-Reading: students achieving level 3, 4 or 5)