Parent Engagement

Randomized controlled trial study conducted?

SPARK Early Literacy Tutors (Service Year)

Mission

Service Year Alliance is working to make a year of paid, full-time service — a service year — a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans.

Program Description

SPARK Early Literacy provides in-school tutoring, family engagement, and opportunities to attend after-school activities to all students in high-poverty schools, not just to low achievers. SPARK Early Literacy tutors work with K5-3rd grade struggling readers, using a set lesson plan and program materials.

Type of service
Tutoring Program
Academic Intervention
Year Started
2006
Headquarter Location (City, State)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
States of Operation
Wisconsin
Subject Offered
Reading
Grade Levels
Kindergarten,
1st Grade,
2nd Grade,
3rd Grade
Languages Offered
English
Race/Ethnicity breakdown of tutors
Black or African American 50%, White 50%
Setting
During School
Delivery Mode
In-Person
Virtual
Student-Tutor Ratio
1:1
Number of Sessions Per Week
3
Number of Minutes Per Session
30
Does your program engage with parents?
Yes
Family Engagement Description

To execute the family engagement component, each site has a parent partner who works with participating students’ families.

Organization Type
Nonprofit
Customer Type
Nonprofit
School
Cost to District/ School/ Non-Profit
Free
Cost to Student
Free
Type of Tutor
Paraprofessional
Randomized controlled trial (RCT) study conducted?
Yes
RCT effect size
Mean effect size of +0.51
Quasi-experimental (QED) study conducted?
No
Contact Name
Jennifer Raymond

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