Signing Up Your Child for a FOG Readers Tutor

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***Update: FOG Readers student sign-ups will re-open on August 15, 2022. Please check back then. Thank you! Questions? Call The Bridge at Main at (415) 557-4388.***

Thank you for your interest in FOG Readers, a 1:1 tutoring program for children enrolled in grades 1-4 who are struggling with reading. 

Students enrolled in the FOG Readers Program increase reading confidence, gain an average half-grade level in the first 3 months and read more at home, for fun!

We serve children who live or attend school in San Francisco. 

Students meet with an assigned tutor once a week for 45 minutes to an hour. Tutors are volunteers for the library and are not professional educators, nor are they getting paid for their time. Tutors are background checked and fingerprinted.

Please note, tutors may only work with student online or in person when in-person tutoring resumes and at the discretion of the tutor and the student’s family.

During COVID, tutors and students meet online using Zoom or other online meeting tools.

There is currently a waitlist for students to be paired with tutors. You can add your child to the waitlist by completing the online Get a Tutor form. UPDATE: FOG Readers sign-ups will re-open August 15, 2022.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What if my child is not behind in reading?

As an intervention strategy, the focus of the program is to support students who are not reading at grade level, in grades first through fourth.  Student who are reading at grade level or beyond the scope of FOG Readers will be exited from the program.

What if my child is in Kindergarten or fifth grade or older?

If your child is in kindergarten, they are not old enough for FOG Readers program.

If your child is older than fourth grade, they are beyond the grade level focus for the FOG Readers program. 

If your child needs reading help, make sure to also ask your school site and your child’s teacher.  There is also community based support to be found with Support for Families for Children for Disabilities

How will we know if FOG Readers is GOOD fit?

The FOG Readers tutor takes the student through an initial assessment that can take a few weeks, then the FOG Readers tutor will complete a baseline in the areas of alphabet knowledge, phonics, decoding and fluency to determine if the student at grade or needs support.

What if FOG Readers is NOT a good fit?

A child that does not need the support can become bored and distracted with the content as it is very systematic and explicit.  It is focused on decoding to support reading development.

Do you communicate with my child’s teacher or school?

We are not associated with the school district, and we do not have access to your child’s academic record. We are also not tutoring based on any curriculum directly related to any school. 

Can the tutor help my child with other subjects?

No.  Our tutors are only trained to provide FOG Readers content and can only support with FOG tutoring and should not be asked or be tutoring in other subjects or content as library volunteers.  Our tutors cannot adapt content to address the needs of students outside of the FOG Readers program.

If your child needs homework help, please look at online library resources such as Brainfuse, live online homework support and other great library resources at: sfpl.org/kids.