Become a FROM 3 TO 3™ Volunteer

Do you enjoy working with young children? Do you like reading and telling children's stories? Are you interested in language acquisition, reading and child development? This volunteer opportunity might be for you.

From 3 to 3 is a program developed by Dr. Mary Thelander from the Department of Speech-Language Pathology, University of Toronto and the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development. 

The program is based on three years of extensive research funded by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program. The program raises language, narrative and social understanding skills children need to succeed at school.

Many of the children participating in the program speak English as a second language and come from very diverse cultural backgrounds. The program is offered through schools in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).

All volunteers attend a training session provided by a 3 to 3 coordinator to provide background information on development of children's social understanding. Training will also clarify the tutor's role in the school setting. You will work closely with teachers, early childhood educators and other volunteers.

Student reading a story book


Eligibility Open to all University of Toronto students
How it works Follow six steps to get involved
When and where Schedule, commitment and location
Registration Registration opens April, 2017 | Program begins September, 2017
Contact us Contact Natasha Jamal at


This program is open to students from all faculties and departments in any year of study. Volunteers must be comfortable reading aloud in English to children, and will be asked to read aloud before they begin volunteering.

As a volunteer tutor, you will receive training and support throughout the duration of the project. 

How it works

Orient yourself to FROM 3 to 3 by going through the Powerpoint slides.

  1. Register 
  2. Attend the Community Action Project Orientation
  3. Attend an interview and fill out a Police Reference Check application. (Read more about the police reference check )
  4. Sign up for FROM 3 TO 3’s Orientation and Training.
  5. Participate for 8 weeks in the winter semesters.
  6. Attend 2 reflection sessions with the CCP and other participants of FROM 3 TO 3.

If you complete all six steps above you can add the experience to your Co-Curricular Record.

When and where

Schedule and time commitment

Fall involvement: 2-3 hours each week over 8 weeks from September to November.

Winter involvement: 2-3 hours each week over 8 weeks from January to March.

You can choose to be involved in Fall, Winter or both.



Volunteers are assigned to a school and a class for the term.  All schools are accessible by the TTC.  


Register for FROM 3 TO 3  Registration period is from April to June, 2017. Program begins September, 2017.

Contact us

Contact Natasha Jamal at