Fostering the Promise of Literacy

Reading Power provides one-to-one high-dosage literacy tutoring for prekindergarten through second grade children in North Chicago, Waukegan, and Zion, Illinois. Our mission is to accelerate children’s literacy learning and to develop in them a love of reading and writing. We believe that all children deserve to reach their intellectual potential.

Why Support Reading Power?

Reading Power’s one-to-one literacy tutoring program is:

  • Led by reading professionals, and powered by trained volunteers
  • Professionally developed using cutting-edge, research-based curricula
  • Individualized daily for each student, and provided three to five days per week

“The one-to-one attention Reading Power provides students is invaluable. The quality of the staff and tutors has also impressed me. They want to be here. They are invested in the students. I feel that, and so do our students. Reading Power is a program that works.

Catalina QuiƱones-Nelson, Oakdale Elementary Principal


Childhood Literacy Facts


Studies show that two-thirds of children who are not reading at grade level by fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare. (Juel)


Proficient third-grade readers are nearly five times more likely to graduate high school than their peers with below-basic reading skills. (Renaissance)


High school dropouts cost taxpayers $292,000 over the course of their lifetimes. (Northeastern University)

Student and Teacher
Student at Computer
Student Reading

Reading Power provides one-to-one literacy tutoring during the school day for children who are struggling to read. Our cost to provide tutoring three to five days per week averages $3,000 per child, per year.


Covid-19 school closures and lagging engagement rates can translate directly into greater learning loss among low income and minority students who may fall behind by more than a year exacerbating existing achievement gaps by 15 to 20 percent. (McKinsey and Company, June 2020).


Reading Power students accelerate their learning and can become proficient problem solvers and confident learners, enabling them to reach their intellectual potential.

Thank you to our Play for Literacy Corporate Sponsors