Literacy Clinic

The University of Kentucky Literacy Clinic serves readers from first grade to high school adolescents who are having reading difficulties. We provide assessment (e.g., tests, observations) and instruction to striving readers, while working with parents and caregivers on literacy learning.


The University of Kentucky Literacy Clinic is a resource to the university and surrounding Kentucky communities. The clinic serves readers from first grade to high school adolescents who are having reading difficulties. University faculty members also provide teacher education to educators regarding how to assess and provide differentiated instruction to striving readers. Because strong literacy practices involve both school and home participation, the clinic also works to develop a partnership with home representatives (i.e., parents, caregivers) regarding literacy learning.

To enroll a reader in the Clinic, please visit the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning’s website and follow the instructions. The Clinic has developed an informal partnership with the Carnegie Center. Readers enrolled in Carnegie’s tutoring program are eligible for the Clinic’s services as resources permit.

For questions about the Carnegie Center’s tutoring program and how to enroll a reader, email, or call (859) 254-4175.

Contact the Literacy Clinic at, or phone at (859) 257-9742.

Literacy Clinic FAQ

How can I determine if a reader might benefit from the Literacy Clinic services?

Every reader is different, but a child will likely benefit from Literacy Clinic services if you notice the child:

  • avoiding reading or complaining about reading.
  • either rushing through reading without noticing errors or reading slowly with difficulty.
  • having a hard time explaining what he or she just read.
  • does not recognize words that he or she has encountered repeatedly.
  • having a hard time with school work when any type of reading is involved.


When and where do tutoring sessions occur?

Tutoring occurs Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, 251 West Second Street, Lexington, Kentucky, 40507. There is on-street metered and non-metered parking.


How do I place my reader on the list of potential clients?

Go to and follow the instructions on that page. In short, each year there are limited windows times for registering readers for tutoring. To find out the next registration period, contact Carnegie’s tutoring coordinator at 859-254-4175 or email When you speak to the tutoring coordinator, please mention your interest in being paired with a tutor from the UK Literacy Clinic. Space is limited for both the Carnegie tutoring program and the Clinic program, and we work to make the best matches for readers.


What is the cost of Literacy Clinic services?

All families are welcome, regardless of income level. In line with the Clinic’s partnership with the Carnegie Center, there is a one-time registration fee that varies between $35-$60, depending on the time of year for tutoring. If the reader is on free or reduced lunch in his/her school, the one-time registration fee is $5. After the registration fee is paid, all tutoring sessions are free.


How will I know if my reader has been accepted for services?
You will receive confirmation of acceptance from the Carnegie Center’s tutoring coordinator.


What is the procedure for tutoring days?
On Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., families should meet their tutors on the first floor of the Carnegie Center, where tutors will pick up the readers. Tutors will briefly chat with families before the session. Sessions will include administering assessments and individualized instruction in a one-on-one or small group setting. At approximately 6:20, tutors and readers will return to the first floor to meet families and talk about the session. From 6:20-6:30 p.m. tutors will share assessment/test results and instructional ideas with families. The aim for this last 10 minutes is to help families to support readers at home and school.


Am I required to wait at the Carnegie Center during tutoring?
No, you are not required to wait. Please be available at 5:30 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. to meet with tutors before and after the session.


Does the Literacy Clinic provide a list of independent tutors, English language learning classes, educational testing, or other educational resources?
Yes, we will provide a list of resources upon request. The Literacy Clinic cannot guarantee
the qualifications of tutors, instructors, and testing agents on the list, so we encourage you to interview any tutor or resource on the list.


Will a middle school or high school reader benefit from Literacy Clinic services?
Middle and high school readers may benefit from working with a Clinic tutor on:

  • reading strategies in the content areas (e.g., English, math, science, social studies).
  • vocabulary building and strategies.
  • study skills, though the Literacy Clinic not provide specific test preparation.
  • literacy life skills, such as filling out job applications and navigating everyday tasks.
  • improving approaches to different text genres, such as a memoir versus a novel.


Are adult readers accepted for services?
No, the Literacy Clinic is unable to provide assessment and instruction for adults. We are able to provide a list of Adult General Equivalency Diploma (GED), Adult Basic Education (ABE), English learning (ELL, ESL) classes.


What is not part of Literacy Clinic services?
The Clinic concentrates on improving children’s reading, writing, listening, and speaking practices. Although tutors may touch on the following components, the Clinic tutors should not be expected to exclusively provide:

  • homework help that is not linked to improving literacy learning.
  • test preparation.
  • diagnosis of a specific literacy disability.


Does the Literacy Clinic help with writing?
Yes, we consider literacy to be reading, writing, listening, and speaking, therefore if there is need, a tutor may work with the child on:

  • word study and spelling strategies.
  • organizing and planning writing.
  • mechanics (e.g., punctuation) and structures (e.g., paragraphs) of writing and how literacy practices are involved.


Who can I contact with questions?
For questions about Carnegie’s tutoring program and how to enroll a reader, email or call (859) 254-4175.
For questions specifically about the UK Literacy Clinic, please contact the Dr. Christine Mallozzi at or 859-257-9742.