Minnesota Reading Corps launched in 2003, serving preschool children in four Head Start agencies. The early results showed the program model was effective. The program quickly expanded to serve children age 3–grade 3 in many more locations throughout Minnesota. Minnesota Reading Corps has grown each year to become the largest state AmeriCorps program in the country. There are over 750 Minnesota Reading Corps tutors currently serving in 500 Head Start centers, preschools, and elementary schools throughout the state. The program has plans to place more than 1,000 tutors in over 600 sites during the 2012-2013 school year.
Minnesota Reading Corps in preschool settings
Minnesota Reading Corps Preschool Literacy Tutors work with preschool-aged children in their classrooms to create literacy-rich environments, focusing on the “Big Five” emergent literacy skills. Data is regularly collected for each child in order to tailor literacy interventions for individual children, children in small groups, and for whole classrooms.
Minnesota Reading Corps in Kindergarten–3rd grade settings
Minnesota Reading Corps Elementary Literacy Tutors serve as one-on-one tutors and provide research-based interventions to students who are just below proficiency in reading. The tutors meet with each student daily for 20 minutes to build phonics, phonemic awareness, and fluency skills. A Response to Intervention (RtI) model is followed. Additional Minnesota Reading Corps members, serving as Volunteer Coordinators, also recruit and train volunteers to support literacy efforts within the school.
For more info, visit the Minnesota ReadingCorps Website
4315 31st Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Telephone: 612.668.4520 | Fax: 612.668.4530