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 low-income children’s basic literacy skills, providing intensive reading intervention to over 2,000 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 per week from full-time tutors placed at their school. 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 brings to young students the ability to read, and the opportunity to succeed.

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

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Budget (FY2016)

  • 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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