Children's Literacy Center
2928 Straus Lane Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Phone: (719) 471-8672x2
Hours of OperationTutoring is held at the Monument Library, 5:00 - 6:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
MISSION STATEMENT: Building a life of success through a foundation of literacy…ONE child at a time
Children’s Literacy Center (CLC) provides free one-to-one tutoring to elementary school children who are reading below grade level.CLC has helped more than 25,000 children increase their reading skills since 1993 with dedication and commitment from parents, students, and volunteer tutors. With 90% of the children who completed at least 12 weeks in CLC’s Peak Reader Program® improving their reading skills by one or more grade levels, CLC is the perfect place for readers who are struggling to meet school reading standards. AND this service is FREE of charge!
Criteria for student enrollment
In order to be eligible for the Peak Reader Program®, a child must be reading below their grade level, must have completed the first semester of first-grade, and must have a reading level between first and sixth grade. CLC volunteers cannot tutor children diagnosed with Dyslexia or those on an Individual Education Plan. For children who are eligible, tutors work with children one-to-one using CLC’s phonics-based program at no cost at all! Teachers, if you have students who fit these criteria and you would like to refer them in CLC’s program, please complete and submit the online Student Referral Form and parents must complete and submit the Parent Commitment Form.
Once the Parent Commitment Form and the Student Referral Form have both been received, the student’s name is placed on a waitlist until we have an available tutor. We can only serve the number of students for which we have tutors so we are always looking for tutors.
Who are the tutors?
Children’s Literacy Center tutors are volunteers (age 14 and older) from the community who have completed a background screening and three hours of CLC training. Many of our tutors are retired professionals wanting to give back, some are high school students required to complete volunteer hours for school, and a few are college students pursuing careers in education. Regardless of their background, all of them possess a desire to help the children in their community. The one-on-one attention along with the easy to follow curriculum is what makes the program so successful.