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A free tutoring program for children with dyslexia or other specific language disorders


We are putting a temporary hold on our Inquiry Form so we can evaluate the children on the waiting list.  KidsQuest reopening is TBD


***However, if you are interested in becoming a TUTOR, please contact Catherine Ferrell at or 209-672-6641


What kidsquest offers

KidsQuest volunteer tutors meet one-on-one with students in twice-weekly, 1-hour sessions using the Barton Reading & Spelling System©, an Orton-Gillingham-influenced, simultaneously multisensory, explicit and systematic phonics program. Additionally, our tutors are trained to deliver Structured Word Inquiry instruction. In this way, students receive both left-brain (speech, language processing and reading) and right-brain (visual processing, problem solving) instruction.

Supervised tutoring takes place at the Modesto branch of the Stanislaus County Library at 1500 I Street in downtown Modesto. Sessions are scheduled on the hour between 3 and 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. There is no cost for tutoring.

Student progress is assessed regularly as they move through the Barton levels. Instruction continues until students achieve grade level competency.

Who can enroll

Tutoring is offered to students in grades 2 through 6 who reside in Stanislaus County. Children are assessed prior to applying for the program to ensure it is right for them.


Before enrolling, the student’s family needs to complete the application process by clicking on the “Inquiry Form” button below.  Students must be on an active IEP for dyslexia or a specific language disability.  Students will be screened by our reading specialist to see if the Barton program would be an appropriate intervention.  Families will be contacted regarding setting an appointment for an interview and screening process.

Interested in services for your child or volunteering as a tutor?

Please complete this inquiry form and we will contact you as soon as possible.

Upcoming New Tutor Training


Barton Tutor Screening 

(For potential volunteer tutors who have completed the inquiry form above)

Click the button below to begin the 5-minute Barton Tutor Screening process required for all tutors.

More data on dyslexia

• Students with dyslexia are NOT unintelligent; in fact, dyslexic students are often highly intelligent. Rather, dyslexia is related to a deficit in the phonological component of language.

• Dyslexia is a specific language disability – neurobiological in origin – that is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding (Source: Lyon, Shaywitz & Shaywitz, 2003).

• Evidence suggests dyslexia is related to an anatomical difference in the brain.

• 72% of California’s 4th graders were not at grade level. Students struggling in reading at the third grade level are 4 times as likely NOT to graduate from high school. Early intervention is the key to closing the achievement gap.

• The earlier a child’s dyslexia is identified and addressed with systematic, intense instruction, the less severe her reading problems will be. (Source: National Institute of Health and Human Development, 2000; Torgeson, 2002.)

KidsQuest Site

Stanislaus County Library
1500 I St., Modesto, CA 95354


Catherine Ferrell, Program Coordinator

Denise Nordel, Volunteer Trainer

Helen Katotakis, Reading Specialist

Karen Williams, LearningQuest Executive Director

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