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K-12 Reading and Literacy Programs and Resources

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights has compiled a list of reading and literacy programs and resources available for K-12 students, parents and educators throughout Michigan. This is an initial list that will be expanded as the Department identifies additional literacy resources.

  • Family Learning Institute

    Provides tutoring for reading and writing. Tutoring is for students who are performing one year or more below grade level. Students attend a two-hour session once per week, and one hour is devoted to individual tutoring for reading with their volunteer tutor. Writing instruction is provided by FLI staff in small groups. Services are provided by volunteer tutors under the supervision of certified teachers.

  • Clare Gladwin Regional Education Service District (RESD)

    Offers early childhood literacy program with each child receiving one free book a month until their fifth birthday. Call (989) 386-3851 for more information.

  • Detroit Public Schools Community District

    The district has implemented i-Ready as our K-3 Initial Screener/ Diagnostic Reading Assessment. It provides the data-driven insights that classroom teachers and school and district administrators need to determine exactly where to focus their instructional time to ensure all students are successful on assessments with rigorous standards.

    Carleton Elementary School

    The DPSCD Let's Read program is designed to support struggling readers in grades K-3. The program will train volunteers to work with student's unique needs as identified through literacy diagnostic assessments. Volunteers will work with a designated child in a one-on-one or small group setting and track their individual reading growth. 

    Beyond Basics Literacy Program

    General Motors recognizes the importance of supporting literacy, especially in Detroit, through a $1 million donation to the Beyond Basics' Be The Solution literacy campaign. This investment will provide nearly 500 Detroit high schoolers the opportunity to participate in the nonprofit's literacy program.

    Center for Success

    Summer of Success- connect parents, students, schools and community partners to enrich the summer experience of our students by instilling routine with rigorous academic support.

    RX for Reading Detroit

    Non-profit children's literacy initiative sponsored by the University of Detroit Mercy.

    St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center

    Free series of four-week fundamental learning boot-camps running throughout the summer for eligible second through fifth grade to keep their minds sharp and ready in reading and math. 

    Bennet, Harms, Neinas, & Earhart Elementary Schools- Urban Neighborhood Initiatives

    Participate in reading, social-emotional learning, math, STEM & enrichment activities everyday along with 1 on 1 literacy support with students.

    Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency

    Provides reading, writing and mathematics instruction for low income parents and their children ages six months to eight years old, with the objective of breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy and providing both adults and children with essential life skills. The program builds on existing resources and focuses on family/parent literacy, parenting skills and child development. The program is comprised of three components: 1) parents as learners, including GED, life skills instruction, employment training and goal setting; 2) parents as teachers, including literacy-based activities between parents and children; and 3) children as learners, including direct literacy instruction for children.

  • Eastpointe Community Schools

    Offering a variety of K-8 Summer Programs

    KinderConnect- students will be engaged in daily literacy experiences

    First Fundamentals- students will be engaged in daily literacy experiences

    STEM and Literacy Camp- students in this program will engage in STEM activities and experiment focused on developing rich content knowledge

    Summer Scholars Program- an instructional school-based program targeting literacy and math intervention and students will be engaged in comprehensive and meaningful literacy and math instruction using evidence based practices to address their individual needs

  • Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District

    Offers support to parents for positive interaction, teaching beneficial parent skills and providing instruction for children to develop the ability to read and comprehend written material.

  • Flint and Genesee Literacy Network

    The Flint Kids Read programs is coordinated with the internationally recognized Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and offers a comprehensive family literacy component.

    Genesee Intermediate School District Literacy Resources

    Genesee County educators care about the learning needs of children and want to see every child reach literacy milestones. Parents are valuable partners in helping their children succeed in school. One of the most important things a parent can do for their children is to read to them, starting at birth! They can help their children learn to read through simple, free, everyday activities done at home, while out in the community, or just about anywhere. Find important facts, tips, activities, and other resources parents can use for ages 0-5 and ages 5-8 to help their child begin, and stay on, the path to literacy!

  • Michigan Association of Grandparent & Senior Companion Programs

    Foster Grandparent Summer Reading Program was started to provide students with additional literacy tutoring during the summer. Students receive one-on-one support in the area of literacy development.

  • Homer Public Library

    Facilitates a program that sets the goal to read to your child or children 1,000 books before they go to kindergarten. Parents and children keep track of the books they read on a provided reading record. For every 100 books that the children read, they receive a small prize. When they reach 1,000 books, the child's name goes on our wall of fame and they will be able to place their name in a book in the library.

  • Read and Write Kalamazoo

    This program provides in-school programs designed to provide curriculum and literacy support to K-5th grade students and collaborates with teachers and administrators to design programs that complement classroom learning and offset the challenges of large class sizes and inadequate resources. The program also helps students develop their literacy skills while fostering positive and empowering associations with reading and writing. It also provides after school tutoring for Lincoln students and El Sol students.

  • Summer Reading Program - Grand Rapids Public Library

    Learn how to pass along super-secret messages and solve mysteries using science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) skills! Using every-day materials you can develop your problem-solving know-how to become an amazing detective or spy.

    Refugee Education Center

    Offers year-round after-school and summer programming that supports refugee students in areas of STEM, literacy and socio-emotional wellbeing. The program is for newly resettled refugee children whose cultural adjustments and past trauma can make learning difficult. This program prepares students for their classroom education and also supplements traditional education with one-on-one as well as peer support.

  • Capital Area District Libraries

    Through this initiative, students in participating districts can get a library card no matter where they live, giving them access to books, audiobooks, magazines and more in both digital and physical formats.

  • Oxford Public Library

    Offers children's library services, including story times, and an Early Literacy Station (ELS) for children ages 2 to 10. The ELS is an online educational software program with fifty educational games spanning seven curricular areas.

  • READ Association of Saginaw County

    The READ Association of Saginaw County is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to help students improve their reading skills and discover the joys of reading.

  • Ypsilanti Community Schools Learning Camp

    Provides face to face dynamic and engaging summer learning opportunities for all YCS students.

  • Franklin Middle School, Wayne-Westland Community School District

    6 week program, 4 hours a day, and 4 days a week. The program will offer small group instruction that is designed to meet the learners where they are. Teachers are differentiating instruction in order to fill academic gaps in math and ELA.