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Adult Literacy Programs: One-on-one tutoring and small group instruction


Our adult literacy program offers one-on-one and small group tutoring to Redwood City residents who read and/or write below the 7th grade reading level, as well as home or library- based programs for parents whose literacy goals include reading to their children.  Our inmate peer-tutoring program helps incarcerated parents and caregivers increase their literacy skills to enable them to read to their children, or prepare for the HiSet/GED. Peace Makers’ Alliance and our Parent Program allows inmates to record a children’s story and send it to their child. The inmates are preparing themselves for a successful re-entry into the community.

Youth Literacy Programs: One-on-one tutoring and small group instruction

Project READ's youth services include tutoring programs for low-income and learning-challenged children in grades K - 12 who are paired one-on-one with trained literacy tutors from the community, as well as dual-intervention programing that matches academically at-risk high school students with academically challenged elementary school children, improving reading skills while building self confidence in all learners. We also provide early intervention programs, where families work together to build their literacy skills. Additionally, we offer tutoring sessions on a drop-in basis, enrichment programs and other supplemental learning alternatives, such as computer-assisted learning and language acquisition programs.

We embrace holistic and authentic learning at Project READ, focusing on varied learning styles, integrated arts curriculum and hands-on learning. Youth programming includes educational field trips to museums, colleges and local cultural events to expose our students to the community around. Another focus in our programming is technology, a core component of our STEAM curriculum, and an essential skill for our youth.

  • Teen Programs: We’ve created tutoring and mentoring programs for our teens and preteens with the goals of dropout prevention and college readiness. Youth tutors and learners are mentored and trained throughout the year to help them to improve their own literacy and academic skills.


Family Literacy Programs: Family literacy & Enrichment


At Project READ, we believe it is important to engage the whole family in literacy learning, a central component of our holistic learning approach. At our Family Literacy Instructional Center, families are able to work together on improving literacy skills through tutoring services, reading, game play, technology and art. Families participate in weekend workshops focusing on literacy concepts and STEAM curriculum, as well as monthly Story Hours, where parenting resources and high-quality children's books are given to build home libraries. Through entertainment and pre-literacy crafts, parents learn how to read aloud to their children and how to use everyday materials to create educational activities at home. In our weekly Book Clubs program students and their families are immersed in reading, art and experimentation. Led by tutors, children and their parents work on reading together and engaging in related activities to build fundamental literacy skills: comprehension, sequencing and vocabulary development. Field trips thematically linked to books, further deepen the reading experience. 

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