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Reading Assist

Contact Information

100 W. 10th Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

(302) 425-4080

Focus Areas

  • Education & Youth

Reading Assist provides intensive services for young, at-risk children with the most significant reading challenges so that they achieve reading progress and proficiency.

  • About Us
    Reading Assist provides one-on-one reading instruction for Delaware K-3 students in the lowest 10% for reading proficiency, with a focus on serving in schools where there is the highest need.

    We recruit, train, and embed AmeriCorps members – known as Reading Assist Fellows – willing to commit a school year of service to provide our accredited, one-on-one intervention program to struggling readers.

    We believe no child should struggle when success is within reach​.
  • Our Impact
    Reading Assist’s proven, evidence-based approach to reading instruction makes a measurable difference for our students. We recruit and train Reading Assist Fellows to provide one-on-one instruction to struggling readers. In just one year or less, Reading Assist brings students to benchmark in foundational reading skills and accelerates the pace at which students learn.

    In Delaware, reading proficiency rates have been flat for more than two decades, and only 52% of students have been reading at grade level since 2015.

    Working together with some of the highest need elementary schools throughout the state of Delaware, we identify students who are struggling to read. We connect students with our fellows, who serve them on a daily basis and set them on a path to reading success.

    For students with significant reading challenges like dyslexia, traditional classroom reading instruction often isn’t enough. Additional factors, such as being an English language learner or coming from a low-income household, can make it even more difficult for students to reach reading proficiency.

    It’s so important to read proficiently by the end of third grade, because this is when students are expected to no longer be learning to read but reading to learn.

    They will lag in every class, because more than 85 percent of the curriculum is taught through reading. By the end of third grade, 74 percent of struggling readers won’t ever catch up.