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America Reads

Attention Students! Earn $10.56 an Hour as an America Reads Tutor!

Work part time with K-3rd grade children in schools and after school programs county-wide. Training and support provided.



  • Be eligible for Financial Aid and Federal Work Study (FWS)
  • Make a 1-year commitment
  • Maintain 6 credits and 2.5 GPA
  • Arrange your schedule to work during school/after school hours

If You Are Interested in Becoming an America Reads Tutor

Information for Tutors

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The Importance of Reading

Studies show that students who cannot read well by the end of the third grade have a higher dropout rate and a decreased chance for success in life. Frighteningly, in the state of Florida 45% of children are not ready for kindergarten and 43% of Florida students cannot read at a minimally proficient level by the end of third grade. America Reads tutors play an important role in counteracting this serious problem by devoting time and energy to the intellectual development of children who are falling behind. The America Reads program intervenes in the early stages of childhood development during grades K through third, with a special emphasis on first grade.  

America Reads History

md-grade-level-readingThe America Reads Challenge is a national initiative proposed by President Bill Clinton in 1996 and initially led by the U.S. Department of Education aimed to help every child read well and independently by the end of third grade. The America Reads Challenge asks every American to identify what role he or she can play – professionally and personally – to help achieve this goal.

The Miami-Dade County Public Schools Division of Language Arts and Reading developed a nationally recognized tutoring curriculum used by our America Reads tutors. The Miami-Reads Tutorial is a research based, one-on-one curriculum that targets first graders and provides individualized, 30-minute, tutoring sessions, two to three times a week. In addition, iCED assists in coordinating training sessions and supporting all site personnel and college student tutors.

If you are interested in becoming an America Reads tutor, please read and complete the Student Information Packet and Application. You may also stop by your campus iCED office or email for more information.

America Reads at Miami Dade College is also a proud partner of the Miami-Dade Campaign for Grade Level Reading. Our America Reads tutors are important changemakers doing their part to elevate literacy in Miami-Dade County!

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