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Registration for the Philadelphia READS Reading Olympics is now full!
All teams registered after 12/11/16 have been wait-listed.

If you have any questions please email readingolympics@philareads.com.

Our Mission:

The mission of Philadelphia READS is to “raise a city of readers” through quality out of school time programs focused to get children and youth to read on or above grade level by grade 4. We are a proud partner with the “READ! By 4th” Campaign.

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What We Do

In 1997, Philadelphia hosted the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future. The summit aimed to “turn the tide for America’s youth,” with a particular focus on those who were not provided a fair start due to the ills associated with poverty and struggling school districts.

This was the catalyst for the expansion of the “America Reads Challenge” to spread across our nation with states as far as California to Massachusetts in participation.

The goal of the America Reads Challenge was to enlist an army of reading tutors to provide the one-on-one attention necessary for children to “catch up and get ahead,” with an objective of reading on grade-level by the end of third grade.

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A huge thank you to everyone who came out to the MLK Day of Service! 


Power Partner: Independence Blue Cross



Power Partner: Vanguard


Ardent & Public Defender

Power Partner: Ardent


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Power Partner: Public Defenders Office

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Power Partner: Beneficial Bank

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And a big thank you to Bill Thames & family, Kelly Staffing, HIMSS, Germantown Jewish Center, all our amazing individual volunteers, and to all our little helpers!

PHILADELPHIA READS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and registered with Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations, no. 39122. If you are a resident of the United States,  your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Our registered business address is 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Suite 201, Philadelphia, PA 19103.