- Linfield College
Department of Education

America Reads Program

What is America Reads?

In 1996, then-president Bill Clinton began the America Reads Challenge initiative with the aim of helping to ensure that more children can read independently by the end of third grade. Congress approved the use of federal work-study funds to support tutoring by college and university students. The program has since expanded to include older students and math as well.

The America Reads Program is currently in place in over 1,000 colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Local program goals

The primary goal of the America Reads/America Counts project at Linfield University is to increase the literacy achievement of pre-k and elementary aged children in the McMinnville community.

Who is eligible to become a tutor?

If you are interested in working as a tutor in a local elementary school, you must:

  • Have a Federal Work Study award to be eligible. Should you need to verify whether you have an award, contact the Financial Aid office
  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at Linfield University
  • Acknowledge a set of tutor obligations and expectations

How do I become a tutor?