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Managed and operated by CCF in partnership with Nova Southeastern University, the Reading Explorers Program offers services funded by The Children’s Trust to providers and families to help improve foundational reading and reading comprehension skills in children.

Since 2013, Reading Explorers has helped more than 10,000 children and families, serving more than 2,000 children across Miami-Dade County each year. Children reading below grade level have experienced up to 50 percent improvement in their reading skills after completing the program.

Summer Services

The Summer Reading Explorers Program helps rising kindergarteners and first and second graders improve their reading skills. Students reading at or below reading level receive small-group reading tutoring services provided by certified teachers. The program is tailored to each child’s reading ability, is both structured and interactive, and follows an evidence-based reading curriculum.

The program works directly with selected Children’s Trust-funded summer programs and Early Childhood Quality Counts Centers. Families are required to enroll in one of these programs in order to receive Summer Reading Explorers Program services.

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Services include:

  • Reading assessments at the beginning, middle and end of the summer with personalized feedback for parents about their child’s reading skills
  • Structured and interactive reading instruction tailored to the child’s ability levels, delivered 30 minutes/day, four days/week for six to eight weeks
  • Parent school readiness workshops
  • Resource connections during the school year for children reading below grade level
  • Book giveaways

Year-Round Services for Providers

Our program provides Children’s Trust-funded after-school care providers with consultation year-round to improve their literacy instruction strategies for all children. Services include:

  • A needs assessment to guide coaching support plan development
  • Structured observations to inform goal-setting and planning
  • Coaching and on-site technical assistance in the implementation of differentiated literacy instruction
  • Provision of evidence-based resources for differentiated literacy instruction
  • Ongoing support including staff development and training in differentiated literacy instruction, working with English as a Second Language (ESOL) and Dual Language Learning (DLL) students, and working with children with disabilities
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For more information, contact us at reading@fiu.edu. If you are interested in registering your child for the summer program, please visit The Children’s Trust to find participating summer camps.