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Spring 2021 Virtual Program


Due to COVID-19, STAIR’s spring 2021 program is virtual.  STAIR’s virtual curriculum will help reinforce decoding, fluency, and comprehension skills.  The spring program will start the week of February 1 and will continue for 9 weeks.  The following will be included in the spring program: 

          One-on-one, 60 minute virtual tutoring sessions once a week (these sessions will take place at the same day and time each week) 

          Pre-recorded video lessons that students can access on days they do not attend virtual tutoring 

          A year-long subscription to a digital library service

          A creative writing journal with weekly assignments 

 To participate in STAIR’s fall program, a child must meet the following requirements:

      Enrolled in 2nd or 3rd grade in a public or charter school for the 2020-2021 school year

      Complete an online registration form

      Participate in a 20 minute virtual screening with STAIR (to be schedule by STAIR after confirmation of a child’s eligibility for the program)

STAIR  provides one-on-one virtual tutoring, all materials and all books required to participate. A student will need access to the internet and a desktop computer, laptop, iPAD, tablet or phone with a camera to participate.  

In-Person Tutoring Program

Second grade is a critical turning point in a child’s educational development. Through second grade, children learn to read; after second grade, they read to learn. With the help of teachers, school administrators and reading specialists, STAIR identifies second and third graders currently reading below grade level. These students are matched with a dedicated volunteer tutor twice-weekly or on a Saturday morning. These one-on-one tutoring sessions are tailored to each individual student’s ability. STAIR is offered to families and schools at no charge and tutoring sites are strategically located to help alleviate transportation issues and other potential barriers to participation.

Building relationships between the student and tutor is key to what we do. Each child works with the same tutor every week and receives caring, undivided attention during the session. They read together, play word games, complete writing exercises, and practice basic literacy skills like phonics and vocabulary. The bonds formed in these sessions benefit both student and tutor for life.


STAIR’s curriculum includes the following components:


  • reading
  • vocabulary
  • phonics
  • comprehension
  • fluency
  • literacy games


STAIR provides all students with school supplies, new books, dictionaries, and healthy snacks. And, all staff, tutors and volunteers must complete a comprehensive background check and ongoing training.

Upon arriving at the STAIR site after dismissal from school or on a Saturday morning, students enjoy a healthy snack and then join their tutors for one-on-one learning. Together, the tutor and student work on reading comprehension, decoding skills, interactive reading, and other activities in conjunction with STAIR’s proven curriculum. A hallmark of the STAIR program is the student’s ability to work at their own pace, concentrating on the skills that each student needs to master in order to become a stronger reader. Tutors work with the same student each week, creating a special bond and building their self-esteem. These children cherish the individual attention from an adult and a life changing relationship often evolves through getting to know one another in such a caring and safe environment.