There are lots of programs in our area that support early or family literacy and struggling readers (and many of them offer free or discounted services!). Click the names of the programs below for more information.
Programs that focus on preschool and early childhood literacy:
- Welcome Baby: This program offers parenting classes and home visits to help first time parents prepare their kids for success.
- Orem Parent Education Resource Center: Located in the Orem Library, PERC has a wide selection of reading and education games and activities that you can check out for free. You don’t need to have an Orem Library card to use this collection.
- Local libraries have great support programs for early childhood literacy. Visit our library links page to find your local library.
Programs that help students improve literacy skills:
- Orem Literacy Center: Provides free reading tutoring for students. You don’t need to be an Orem resident to participate! For more information, call 385-225-9533 or email email@example.com.
- UVU School Community University Partnership: Free literacy tutors work with students one-on-one. Tutors are available at the South Franklin Community Center and on UVU campus.
- YServe Seeds of Success: College students tutor students from elementary through high school on BYU campus. No cost.
- University of Utah Reading Clinic: Offers assessment and intervention for struggling readers. Cost for assessment is $50. Cost for intervention services is on a sliding scale.
Programs that focus on adult literacy:
- Project Read: Provides one-on-one free tutoring services for adults who struggle with literacy.
Programs that support children with learning delays:
- Dyslexia Center of Utah: offers screening and tutoring for students with dyslexia. Tutoring costs between $25-35 but scholarships are available.
- Clear Horizons Academy: offers therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and similar learning styles, along with parent resources. Sliding fee scale for services.
- Eaton Alliance: offers developmental disabilities activity centers for adults and children with cognitive disabilities. Contact for information about enrollment and fees.
- Help Me Grow: provides a free developmental questionnaire to help identify early delays and connects parents to resources in the community.
- Alpine School District Special Education Preschool: offers preschool services for children ages 3-5 who have been referred for specially designed instruction. Offers autism therapy and speech therapy along with special preschools. Contact for fee information.
- Kids on the Move: provides autism therapy, preschool programs, and early intervention for children with delays. Cost varies depending on service.
- Kids who Count: provides early intervention for children with delays living in Nebo School District. Offers developmental assessment, eye screening, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. Sliding scale fee for services.
Recommended reading for parents:
The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. Penguin. 2013. (3 copies at Provo Library, 2 copies at Orem Library)
Reading & Writing & Teens: A Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Literacy by Cathy Fleischer. NCTE, 2010.