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Literacy Resources

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley
130 W 5th Street
Davenport, IA 52801
Phone: 563.323.8006
Fax: 563.333.2494
Provides mentoring programs for boys and girls.  K-3 literacy curriculum for Bigs.

Bi-State Literacy Council
Mission is to serve the six counties in the Quad-Cities with literacy information.  Provides listing of literacy services

Boys and Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley
Provides after school programs with tutoring to increase children's literacy abilities.

Power Hours are designated education periods consisting of science projects, board games, spelling bees and more.
Tutoring is available with ESL support.  Summer programs include educational and literacy programs

CASI Listen To Me Read Program
Center for Active Seniors participates by having seniors volunteer to read with and listen to children read at school. Kindergarten through 3rd grade. This is done throughout the school year.


Davenport Community Schools 
Stepping Stones Literacy Initiative
318 E 7th Street
Davenport, IA 52803

The Stepping Stones programs are offered at all elementary schools in Davenport during the afterschool hours. Program runs from right afterschool until 5:30pm, Monday – Friday. The program offers homework help, literacy intervention and hands on literacy intervention on a daily basis for students in Kindergarten – 5th grades.

The Stepping Stones summer program operate in 5 schools within DCSD and focuses on reading enrichment, math enrichment and STEM. The program generally operates Monday – Thursday from 7 weeks in the summer.

Madison, Jefferson and Monroe Elementary Schools offer a KinderJump program during the month of July. All incoming kindergarteners, of the school listed above, are invited to attend this program from 7:30 – Noon. The program introduces the students to their Kindergarten reading curriculum as well as focusing the skills needs to be a successful kindergartener.


Davenport Schools Foundation

Great Minds assists the Davenport Community School District in providing enrichment programming by leveraging community resources.  District-wide grade level enhancements provide experiences for all students K-8 in a variety of outside the classroom learning experiences.  Currently 2015-16 school year, DCSD Kindergarten students go to Niabi Zoo, first grade to “Community Helpers Encourage Reading”, second grade to Vander Veer Botanical park, third grade to the Adler Theatre for Ballet Quad Cities’ and Orchestra Iowa’s presentation of “The Nutcracker”, fourth to the QC Symphony Day at the Adler Theatre, fifth to the Figge Art Museum and the River Music Experience, sixth grade to the Putnam Museum, seventh grade the in-school visit by the Davenport Police with a presentation on "Cyber-Bullying and the Law”, and eight grade goes to the Junior Achievement’s  “BizTown” Center.  

In addition to the district-wide programs, approximately $18,000 is granted to inspired teachers who create and plan learning adventures for their students and request assistance from the Great Minds Mini-Grants.  Great Minds encourages engaging opportunities for our DCSD students to learn, read, analyze, and educate.

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
The program offers Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency, and English as a Second Language programming at multiple locations throughout the five counties of EICC’s service area. Career Navigators are available to assist students one-on-one with goal setting, job seeking, and/or continuing education opportunities. Daytime and evening classes are available.

Clinton Community College
Learning Center
944 Lincoln Blvd
Clinton, IA

Muscatine Community College
McAvoy University
1403 Park Avenue
Muscatine, IA

Scott Community College
West Davenport Center
2950 North Fairmount St
Davenport, IA

Family Resources

Junior Achievement of the Heartland

Junior Achievement's success in Common core English/Math standards by grade level:

Middle School
High School


Rock Island County Regional Office of Education
3430 Avenue of the Cities
Moline, IL 61265
(309) 736-1111

Lights ON Family Literacy and Adult Education Program
The Community Resource and Learning Center at Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Childcare provided at no cost

Black Hawk College Outreach Center
301 Avenue of the Cities
East Moline, IL 61244
Monday – Friday
GED Preparation, Adult Education Classes, English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Scott County Kids


United Way Literacy Programs:

Born Learning
Imagination Library
Operation READ
Kindergarten Readiness

Davenport Family YMCA
Scott County Family Y
606 W. Second St.
Davenport, IA 52801
Phone (563) 322-7171
Fax (563) 322-3876

West Family YMCA
3503 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52804
Phone (563) 386-4414
Fax (563) 386-4405

North Family YMCA
624 W. 53rd St.
Davenport, IA 52806
Phone (563) 391-7771
Fax (563) 391-7792