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 73% of DC's 4th graders whose reading levels put them on track for failure in school. The Literacy Lab is devoted to increasing children’s basic literacy skills, providing intensive reading intervention to over 5,000 students in grades pre-K to five who have fallen an average of two years behind. Children receive one-on-one, evidence-based interventions five days a week from full-time tutors placed at their schools. They build deep and meaningful relationships with their tutors and the intense focus pays off. Schools value the partnership because it works: over 97% of schools continue from one year to the next. The Literacy Lab helps young children become the strong readers and successful students they want to be.

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 Community Members

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:   1,000
  • 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:   60,000

Awards & Recognition

10/2011 Lehrman Impact Award
2009-2012 5-star "Excellent" quality rating from DCPS Title I office


Budget (FY2023)

  • The current budget for The Literacy Lab is: $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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