Older adult tutors help kindergartners develop reading skills in Northeastern program inspired by early literacy losses

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  • A new online intergenerational tutoring program for early literacy development created by Northeastern psychologists helps kindergartners and retired adults build meaningful relationships over Zoom.

A student, 7, sits at a table at home and does tasks in his booklet “Alphabet booklet – basic font”, on May 4, 2020. Photo by Anke Waelischmiller/SVEN SIMON/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

A new tutoring program designed at Northeastern University taps into an underused resource to provide early literacy support to kindergarten students at low cost.

When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down schools in 2020, Jessica Hoffman watched her two younger children, who were in kindergarten and the first grade at the time, struggle with learning how to read.

Hoffman, professor in the department of applied psychology at Northeastern, a certified school psychologist and a licensed psychologist, recognized that her own children as well as others needed additional individualized instruction to address the learning gap.

Hoffman discussed ideas for an intervention with her Northeastern colleagues Robert Volpe, chair of the Department of Applied Psychology, and professors Robin Codding and Amy Briesch, all of whom specialize in school psychology.

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