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Washington Reading Corps Program

The program at a glance

The Washington Reading Corps is actively engaged in improving literacy in communities, local schools, and learning centers throughout the state. In collaboration with the state’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, projects in this program focus on:

  • tutoring struggling readers in Kindergarten through fourth grade;
  • preparing young children for successful entry into Kindergarten by helping to improve behavior and attitudes toward reading;
  • improving parent and family support of education through take-home activities and family literacy events.

In this program, AmeriCorps member placements are awarded to organizations focused on literacy education. We provide ParaReading training to members, while site staff provide project orientation, direct oversight, mentorship, and skill-building throughout the program year.

In return for site staff investment in the Reading Corps program, member(s) will come with a passion for serving others and making a difference in the community, while wanting to learn skills they can use in their professional career.

The typical service term for a member is a minimum of 10.5 months and 1,700 hours.The typical program year begins in August. The member will be eligible for health insurance, a monthly living allowance, childcare assistance, and -upon successful completion of a service term- an education award equal in value to the current Pell grant.

Who is eligible to be a WRC Partner?

  • Nonprofit organizations; 501(c)(3) organizations (community and faith-based organizations are encouraged to apply);
  • Schools: school districts, educational service districts, alternative schools and others;
  • Local government agencies and tribal nations.

Independent evaluations

For more information about the Reading Corps program, review our independent evaluations from 2014 and 2015. A new independent evaluation will be posted in the fall of 2019.