Information for Parents: Summer Tutoring Program | College of Education, Health and Human Services | Kent State University

Information for Parents: Summer Tutoring Program

Tutoring group at Camp Read-A-LotThe Reading and Writing Development Center at Kent State University offers services to children who have completed the first grade through grade 12, who are experiencing difficulty in reading.

The Center's summer tutoring program, which runs from mid-June to mid-July each year, operates more as a reading camp than as a summer school. Don’t let our camp-like atmosphere fool you, though. The teaching within the program is targeted, research-based, literacy intensive, and admittedly, lots of FUN!

The intervention program is actually a KSU graduate course. It is typically the last course that graduate students (already certified teachers) take before receiving their Reading Endorsement and/or their Master’s Degree in Reading Specialization. In the program, the teachers are assigned to work with 2-3 children. The teacher begins by assessing each child to identify the child’s literacy strengths and needs. Phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, fluency, spelling, writing skills and vocabulary are some of the areas that may be assessed. The instruction children receive is tailored to their individual needs based on the assessment results.

The children attend Camp Read-A-Lot for five weeks (Monday through Thursday about 1 1/2 hours per day). At the conclusion of the program, each small group of children has the opportunity to show off their new and improved reading skills at a Literacy Celebration. Parents and friends are invited to be a welcome and supportive audience as the children are anxious to show off their new-found skills, and happily read with new confidence.

In addition, the teachers will write a letter to share pre- and post-assessment results and to provide specific recommendations for home and school. In this way, a suggested plan can be in place for continued literacy progress once the program has ended. Parents are encouraged to share the report with school personnel in the fall.

Cost of the tutoring program is $150.00. Fee reductions may be made in cases of extreme financial difficulty.

For more information, please contact Sherry Ernsberger at or 330-672-2836.

Camp Read-A-Lot brochure (PDF)

Camp Read-A-Lot campers discuss a book

To apply

  1. Please complete the Parent Information Sheet, the Medical Information Form, and the Child Interest Form. You may print the forms, fill them out, and mail them to Sherry Ernsberger, 404 White Hall, Kent OH 44242; or you may print them, fill them out, scan them, and send them as email attachments to
    Parent Information Sheet (PDF)   Medical Information Form (PDF)   Child Interest Form (PDF)

  2. The School Information Sheet should be completed and submitted by the teacher who has worked most closely with your child in reading. PLEASE NOTE: This form is required. Because we operate on a first-come-first-served basis, failure to return this form in a timely manner could result in your child being closed out of the program.
    School Information Sheet (PDF)