Literacy Programs

McGuffey Reading Services offers virtual reading programs to provide intervention for students in first grade through middle school. Students can build their skills and confidence in a fun, supportive online environment.


Summer Dates: June 20th-July 29th (Virtual), July 6th-July 29th (In Person)

We are now full for Summer 2022. Please contact Lauren Hauser ( to be placed on the waitlist or to be added to our mailing list for fall.

Our programs are designed for school-age children in need of intervention to either maintain their literacy skills or work to build their literacy skills. Our upcoming summer program involves three sessions per week in the virtual format or five sessions per week in the in-person format. This program is designed to meet the needs, and build on the strengths, of students in Rising First through Middle School grades who may have struggled along their literacy path.

Program Features

  • Students work one-on-one (virtual) or two-on-one (in-person) with teachers to develop an instructional program to best meet the needs of their students.
  • Our lessons follow a structured literacy format and can include the following components based on individual needs: 1) systematic teaching of phonemic awareness, phonics/decoding, and spelling to build word recognition; 2) targeted fluency instruction to build reading rate and prosody; 3) advanced decoding and spelling examining syllables and meaning parts (including affixes and word roots); 4) comprehension instruction to include both background knowledge/vocabulary and strategy use; and 5) writing instruction for application and/or for supporting comprehension.
  • All instructional activities are based on assessed needs and strengths.

Key Information

  • Tutoring will occur three times per week (virtual) or five times per week (in-person) and each session lasts an average of 45 minutes.
  • The program begins on June 20th (virtual) or July 6th (in-person) and ends on July 29th, 2022.
  • For virtual tutoring, families will have day and time options to choose from.
    • Virtual tutoring will take place over Zoom; students need a device to access the internet as well as a stable connection. No special software is required.
    • Although each student will work independently with their teacher, an adult should be available in the home during each session.
  • In-person tutoring will take place every day Monday through Friday in Bavaro hall at the University of Virginia between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm.

Registration Process

  • Email Lauren Hauser ( to request the registration form and link to the scheduling survey.
  • Submit the completed registration form by May 13th, 2022. The program may fill prior to that date, so early registration is best. You can mail or fax your registration using the contact info on the form, or you may email it to April Swain: Note: Please do not use this address for general communication. Instead, please contact Lauren at: 
  • When you send your registration form, please also complete our scheduling survey.
  • The $525 fee should be paid in full by June 3, 2022. A check can be made out to McGuffey Reading Services and mailed to the Sheila C. Johnson Center. Or, you may call 434-924-7034 and select Option 1 to pay by credit or debit card.
  • We are able to offer some financial assistance for our reading programs. To be considered, you must submit a current 1040 along with your registration form. Assistance depends on available funding and family need.

For questions about fees or registration forms please contact McGuffey Reading Services at 434-924-9349 or the Sheila Johnson Center at 434-924-7034. You may also email Lauren Hauser: