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Online Reading Programs in Chicago

Are you interested in an online reading program to improve your child’s reading comprehension quickly? Sure, it’s easy to open a video and let your child watch it for hours, but is it really helping? At Stepping Stones Together, our mission is to help children in the Chicago community improve their reading. Since many parents are teaching their children at home, an online reading program in Chicago might be highly beneficial. 

If you are interested in a personalized reading program, the Stepping Stones Together program provides parents and teachers with the resources (and more) they need to teach children how to read, meanwhile fostering a life-long love of reading. 

The following are a few online resources that parents might use, but always consider 

Reading Power (North Chicago based)

Reading Power provides free online learning resources for pre-kindergarteners and elementary level children. It offers printable reading activities and easy access to lessons from external online reading resources like the Khan Academy, Circle Time, and Storyline Online. Reading Power also has its own Youtube channel with hundreds of interactive read-aloud performances by Reading Power staff. One of our favorite tools on Reading Power’s website is the comprehensive list of educational learning shows for children. The tv-show list is categorized by age and by the specific streaming network.


SitStayRead is a non-profit organization in Chicago run by dedicated volunteers with a mission to improve children’s literacy skills using a powerful curriculum and the special help of certified emotional support dogs. SitStayRead serves first, second, and third-grade students in Chicago’s public school district. In the 2018-19 school year, 94.4% of SitStayRead students came from low-income households. SitStayRead offers a free reading program for these children, as well as furry-friends to hold when they need it. A special part of SitStayRead is that their students wrote and published books. These books were written by the SitStayRead students FOR the SitStayRead students to enjoy. SitStayRead also offers unique read-aloud videos in English and Spanish (always with a furry friend!), with activity worksheets and writing prompts. SitStayRead helps students in grades K-5.

Reading in Motion

Reading in Motion is based in Chicago and serves English and Spanish-speaking students in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade. Their mission is to help students build core literacy skills as early in their life as possible. Reading in Motion is an organization that supports teachers and focuses on building reading skills as early as possible, then building upon those skills. Reading in Motion is free, and they offer many online at-home resources for families to learn and develop reading skills together.

Contact Stepping Stones Together today!

If you are a parent or teacher and you feel like you are lacking the tools and resources to successfully teach your child early literacy skills, check out the Stepping Stones Together online reading program based in Chicago. This program implements literary education techniques and child development research to ensure it is designed especially for kids.

Visit Stepping Stones Together online today to learn more about our online reading program, and ask us any questions you may have.

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