United Reads supports childhood literacy through partnerships with neighboring elementary schools and local health care centers located throughout the greater Washington D.C. area . Through United Reads, United encourages area youth to fall in love with reading while also promoting literacy amongst children and their families.
In 2002, United for D.C. established the first United Reads School at Payne Elementary School in Ward 6 of Washington, D.C., the closest elementary school to RFK Stadium. The program now operates in six D.C. Public schools to emphasize the importance reading & staying healthy among students.
Through school assemblies, activities, and in-class visits, the foundation's program encourages students to balance their reading with eating well and staying active, a message reinforced by visits and lessons from D.C. United players, coaches, staff, and volunteers. In partnership with the Heart of America Foundation, United for D.C. distributes brand new children's books during each visit during the school year. With over 1,500 students combined at the six schools, United Reads will donate over 10,000 books throughout the school year.
- Payne Elementary School, Ward 6 (since 2002)
- Ketcham Elementary School, Ward 8 (Since 2007)
- Savoy Elementary School, Ward 8 (Since 2007)
- Bruce-Monroe Elementary School, Ward 1 (Since 2009)
- Simon Elementary School, Ward 8 (Since 2009)
- Tubman Elementary School, Ward 1 (Since 2009)
United Reads also works with Reach Out and Read DC to spruce up the waiting rooms at Children's Health Centers through the District. To date, two United Reads Reading Corners have been launched in Ward 8 providing new children's books and other materials as part of a prescription to parents and their children, that being to read. United for D.C. knows the importance of early reading programs for ensuring the good development of the community's youth.
- Children's Health Center/Martin Luther King, Ward 8 (summer 2005)
- Children's Health Center/Good Hope Road, Ward 8 (spring 2006)