Resources for Struggling Readers 

It can be hard to know where to start if your child is struggling with reading, or needs help beginning to learn. If you need help, there are organizations and resources available to provide guidance and assistance at no cost.  

If your child is enrolled in school, one of your first resources should be to contact your school’s reading coordinator directly, if possible, for guidance. Some Colorado schools are already partnered with non-profit youth literacy orgs or might have a reading buddy/tutoring program in place, or might provide other unique programs that focus on building literacy skills.

Additionally, you might also consider the following resources for helping your child’s reading skills: 

Colorado Department of Education, Resources for Families  

You can find various resources and organizations dedicated to teaching early literacy skills at home through the Colorado DOE.  

Reading Rockets

This is a free resource which provides evidence-based strategies, tips, and tools for teaching and encouraging literacy skills at home.  

Arapahoe Libraries Homework Resources

Arapahoe Libraries provides a variety of free homework resources for elementary, middle, and high school students, all of which only require a library card. For younger children struggling with reading, we provide Bookflix, which helps develop and strengthen reading skills in children, and Helpnow, which provides live online text and voice based tutoring from 2pm-11pm MT each day.  

Colorado Classroom

Created by Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting, these free online classes for K-3 are focused on literacy, science, math, and can be completed at your own pace. 

National Literacy Directory

This is a national database of literacy resources, which you can use to find local and national youth literacy organizations and resources in your area. 

Children’s Literacy Center

Based in the Pikes Peak region, provides free tutoring and one-on-one sessions to students struggling with reading.