Literacy First

Mission

Literacy First partners with school districts to ensure all children are reading at or above grade level by third grade.

Program Description

Literacy First members tutor kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students through daily one-on-one sessions designed to strengthen their early reading and comprehension skills. Fifty percent of Literacy First’s tutors are bilingual, allowing the program to provide support to both Spanish and English speakers.

Type of service
Tutoring Program
Year Started
1994
Headquarter Location (City, State)
Austin, Texas
States of Operation
Texas
Operation Locations
Central Texas
Most recent number of students served
1600
Subject Offered
Reading
Grade Levels
Pre-Kindergarten,
Kindergarten,
1st Grade,
2nd Grade
Languages Offered
English, Spanish
Percentage of tutors who can speak a language other than English
45% Spanish speaking
Setting
During School
Delivery Mode
In-Person
Student-Tutor Ratio
1:1
Number of Sessions Per Week
5
Number of Minutes Per Session
30
Does your program engage with parents?
Yes
Family Engagement Description

We engage families through offering workshops about supporting students learning at home, and through sending home reading materials.

Organization Type
Nonprofit
Customer Type
District
Cost to District/ School/ Non-Profit
Fee for service is about $30K per campus annually
Type of Tutor
Paraprofessional
Randomized controlled trial (RCT) study conducted?
Yes
RCT effect size
.24 to .83
Quasi-experimental (QED) study conducted?
Yes
Contact Name
Mary Ellen Isaacs, Literacy First Director

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