Baltimore’s Third Grade Reads Initiative

The goal of Third Grade Reads is to give each student in Baltimore the critical reading skills they need to prepare them for academic, social, and civic success.


For the nearly 80 percent of Baltimore fourth graders from low-income families who are reading below proficient for their grade-level, it becomes more and more difficult to catch up. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s has partnered with Reading Partners under the Third Grade Reads initiative to provide a solution to help kids reach their full potential in reading.

Community volunteers make a real impact

The Mayor is calling on you to step into the classroom and work one-on-one with a kid to boost their reading skills.



Reading Partners Works

We have teamed up with Reading Partners to recruit and train community volunteers to work one-on-one with a student in K-5th grade for 1 hour a week. Following a structured easy-to-use curriculum, anyone 14 years or older can volunteer to become a reading partner.

  • No formal teaching experience is required.
  • Commit just 1 hour a week.
  • Reading centers are open Monday-Thursday at local schools throughout Baltimore.
  • Schedule a tutoring session at a location and time that is convenient for you.

Learn more about volunteering.