Students reading below grade level at the end of 3rd grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school on time – a sobering statistic for the 81% of DC's 4th graders whose reading levels put them on track for failure in middle and high school. The Literacy Lab is devoted to increasing low-income children’s basic literacy skills. It now provides intensive reading intervention to over 1,000 students in grades pre-K to 5, (a significant jump from the year prior), 95% of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, and each of whom has fallen an average of two years behind. Trained, professional instructors begin with a comprehensive assessment, create a personal plan for each child (focused on phonics, fluency, and comprehension), and meet one-on-one, or in groups of two or three, twice a week. And the intense focus pays off: students in the Literacy Lab's 50-hour program jump an average of 1.5 grade levels. Given a 5-star rating for three straight years by DCPS, the Literacy Lab brings to young DC students the ability to read, and the opportunity to succeed – in school and in life.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 1
Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria
Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Latino/Hispanic; Other
Population(s) Served: Students; Low- to Moderate-Income
Schools They Work In: DC Public Schools; Alexandria City Public Schools; KIPP DC; EL Haynes Public Charter School ; Democracy Prep Public Charter School ; Bridges Public Charter School
- Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) your organization serves annually:
- Academic success level of your students (% performing at or above grade level, etc):
Students in our after-school programs average 1.5 grade levels of growth in 42 hours with The Literacy Lab.
- Hours of tutoring, mentoring, or class-time you provide annually:
Awards & Recognition
10/2011 Lehrman Impact Award
2009-2012 5-star "Excellent" quality rating from DCPS Title I office
- The Literacy Lab Announces the Launch of the Metro DC Reading Corps
Thu Sep 5 2013, Alexandrianews.org
Program to embed trained, full-time reading tutors in area elementary schools to work with children age 3 to grade 3.
- Literacy Lab Launches Metro DC Reading Corps
Thu Sep 5 2013, Alexandria Daily Monitor
In a strategic initiative to close the literacy gap in the national capital region, the Literacy Lab is launching the Metro DC Reading Corps
- $3 million or higher
- $1 million to $3 million
- The current budget for The Literacy Lab is: $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to
About the Catalogue for Philanthropy
Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $34 million for charities across the Greater Washington region.
The Catalogue for Philanthropy looks to friends like you to keep our services independent and entirely free of charge. Consider a small contribution to the Catalogue to cap off your gift and help the causes you care about get the full support they deserve!