Why Choose Reading Rocks?

Reading Rocks is an 8-week reading program for children and youth 6- 12 years old who struggle with the attainment of early literacy skills due to an identified or suspected learning disability. Through this effective instructional program, children are paired with a trained tutor who will develop hands-on activities and games to teach the essential literacy concepts of phonics, sight words, and fluency, while building children’s motivation and fostering self-regulation. Each week, each student will work with their tutor to set goals and graph their success in these areas so they have a clear vision of their achievements.

Reading Rocks makes reading FUN!

We’re recruiting Reading Rock volunteers!

Work one-on-one Online or In-Person with a child, twice per week in the evenings, developing hands-on and engaging activities and games to explicitly teach phonics, build sight word vocabulary, and increase fluency while graphing child’s success. Current Vulnerability Check Required (cost is not covered by Centre for Diverse Learners).


Spring Term 2023

April 17th – June 15th, 2023




Monday and Wednesday
Tuesday and Thursday

5:00 – 6:00 PM
6:30 – 7:30 PM

Location - Online and In-Person

Online: Microsoft Teams

Burlington – Rotary Youth Centre
Hamilton – Putman Family YWCA

Milton – MDHS 

The Application Process

1. Fill Out Application

Fill out a waitlist application for your child.

*Please Note: Filling out the application form does not guarantee your child a spot in the Reading Rocks program. The number of spots available depends on the number of volunteer tutors that we have. By filling out the application you are on the waitlist.

2. A Program Coordinator Will Reach Out To You

If there is a spot available, our Program Coordinator will reach out to you via email to offer you a spot in the program. You will have one week to respond and confirm your spot. After this time, the Program Coordinator will move on to the next name on the waitlist. Spots will be given out on a first come first serve basis based on the date and time on completed application forms.

3. Submit Your Payment

Once you have confirmed your spot, details on how to make a payment will be sent to you via email. To keep your child’s spot in the Reading Rocks program you must make a payment before the start of the session.


Please Note: The number of children we accept in each session is dependent on volunteer availability and commitment.
Rarely, it may be possible that a volunteer is unable to complete the program, thus affecting your child’s spot in the program. We affirm that we are very clear to volunteers about the importance of their commitment to our students and the program overall!

Are you interested in volunteering for Reading Rocks?

Program Fees

The cost of annual membership is $50 per family, paid separately from program fees.

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Program Cancellation Policy

50% of the registration fee will be refunded for any program cancellation received 2 weeks prior to the first class.

Please contact us for any cancellation questions at [email protected]

Many of our programs have limited space available as we aim to provide a low student to teacher ratio; unfortunately space cannot be held for any student until payment is received.

We reserve the right to cancel program sessions if minimum numbers are not reached.

Thank you to the following for supporting this program:

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We are a registered charitable organization that does not receive any government funding to support our initiatives. Your gift will help us to ensure we can continue providing our programs and services to support those who are impacted by Learning Disabilities in Halton and Hamilton.

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