Born to Read

Born to Read

A grade level reading initiative focused on raising literacy levels among young children in our community. 

Learning to read is the most essential and fundamental skill for academic achievement and future success. After third grade, students pivot from learning to read to reading to learn. Though we know learning to read is a key educational goal, an alarming 2/3 of American children are not reaching this milestone. Born to Read is committed to doing whatever it takes to change these odds.

We appreciate the generous support of our Born to Read volunteers, donors, and funders.


For more information call: 856.964.2100 


Born to Read partners include the City of Camden, schools, health providers, social workers, community nonprofits, faith-based groups, business and civic leaders, and local foundations.

Together we are implementing a plan focused on:

  • Raising expectations
  • Ensuring kindergarten readiness
  • Improving attendance rates
  • Reducing summer learning loss
  • Engaging parents
  • Encouraging healthy learners

Grade Level Reading Communities

We are part of a community network that includes 124 cities and counties across the nation involved in the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. As part of this Community Network, we are adopting a collective impact strategy and engaging the full community around the goal of supporting low-income children from birth through third grade.

Volunteer for Born to Read

Born to Read

Born to Read includes a high impact volunteer component.  We are training and placing volunteer readers in our Head Start classrooms to read with children one-to-one. Reading volunteers help increase exposure to literacy among our preschoolers. As a Born to Read volunteer, you can play an integral role in improving grade level reading outcomes for children in Camden City.

If you love reading, enjoy working with children, and can commit to one hour of volunteering per week, then this is the perfect volunteer position for you....and your time and energy will make a real difference in the lives of the children we serve!  Reading Volunteers are placed in the same classroom for one hour a week for the course of the school year.  Volunteers read with children one-to-one promoting literacy skills and encouraging a love of reading.

We are currently recruiting parent volunteers and community volunteers to commit to one hour a week of volunteer time in one of our Head Start classrooms (we have 9 different Head Start locations in Camden City and Camden County) to read one-to-one with children.  A one hour volunteer training is provided and background checks are required for all volunteers.

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