Research has highlighted a range of teaching and learning strategies that are effective as a child develops from age three to grade three. Reading Corps provides individualized, data-driven instruction, one-on-one attention, highly-trained tutors, instruction delivered as designed (i.e. with fidelity), and the frequency and duration shown to be necessary for student achievement. Evaluation of the Minnesota Reading Corps (MRC) PreK and K-3 programs found that:

  1. both programs had statistically significant and sizeable positive effects on the reading abilities of 4 and 5 year-old and K-1st grade MRC participants (compared to non-MRC program participants), and
  2. both programs can likely be spread with similar effects to other schools and early education organizations

Further information

Minnesota Reading Corps PreK
Implementing Organization
ServeMinnesota Action Network


AmeriCorps Program(s)
AmeriCorps State and National
Age(s) Studied
0-5 (Early childhood)
Focus Population(s)/Community(s)
Outcome Category
School readiness
Study Type(s)
Study Design(s)
Quasi-Experimental (QED)
Level of Evidence
Published Year
Report Citation
Markovitz, C.; Hernandez, M.; Hedberg, E.; Silberglitt, B. (2015). Outcome Evaluation of the Minnesota Reading Corps PreK Program. Chicago, IL: NORC at the University of Chicago.