Position Summary

Learn about Dana's day as a Preschool Literacy Tutor.

The Preschool Literacy Tutor is embedded into a classroom of children ages 3 – 5 to develop children’s early literacy skills in preparation for Kindergarten, serving alongside a teacher. Tutors are trained in research-based early literacy strategies and collaborate with the classroom teaching staff to enhance daily literacy opportunities and conduct literacy assessments to increase the number of children on target with early reading predictors.

Tutors review student data on a regular basis with their literacy coach to monitor the progress of each student, and to know if they need to change their tutoring to better meet each student’s needs. Tutors may also help to support the school’s before and/or after-school program.

Tutors attend required Reading Corps sponsored trainings to learn the literacy strategies, and will receive the support of a coach in order to implement the strategies successfully.

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After we hire and train a tutor for a school, the school and its students rely on that tutor for the whole school year – no substitutes or replacements. We are seeking candidates who are ready to make a full-time commitment to serve students everyday for 11 months.


  • 40 hours per week
  • 5 days per week, Monday-Friday, consistent schedule everyday
  • Position requires 11 month commitment from August 2016 – June 2017
  • Before and/or after-school required

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Financial Benefits

Living allowance

Tutors receive a living allowance. Prior to taxes, the living allowance is approximately $544.78 to be paid bi-weekly for full time service. Applicants must take a careful look at their financial situation to determine if they can afford to commit to serve with Reading Corps.


Education Award

Tutors who successfully complete their year of service will receive an education award of $5,775 for full-time service. The education award can be used to pay back federal student loans, the cost of tuition or other educational purposes. The award has a seven-year expiration period and can be used at any accredited post-secondary school. Please note that the Education Award is considered taxable income in the year that it is used.

Tutors who are 55 or older at the start of their service enjoy an additional benefit. They may choose to transfer their education award to a child, grandchild, or foster child within seven years. The award must be used within ten years of the tutor receiving it.


Student loan forbearance

If a tutor is making payments to a federally-backed education loan, payments can be put into forbearance during his or her year of service. Upon successful completion of the program, the accrued interest will be paid by the National Service Trust.


Health insurance

Full-time tutors are eligible to enroll in a health insurance plan through Reading Corps. Because this plan may differ from a traditional major medical health plan, applicants are encouraged to review The Corps Network Health Plan Summary to determine if the insurance provided by Reading Corps will meet their health needs during their term of service. Health coverage is available for full-time tutors only. The insurance does not cover dependents. Using a health care provider "in the network" will save money. You may search the Insurance Company Website – specify the plan to find a doctor or facility in the network. 


Childcare assistance

Full-time members may qualify (based on income) to receive child care reimbursement assistance. If you are interested in this benefit, please contact us to learn more about this benefit before accepting a position.

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