St. Louis County Library (SLCL) and the Miriam Learning Center are partnering to provide another round of free, in-person and virtual tutoring for children with special needs starting Feb. 22 at five library branches and two Miriam Learning Center locations. Locally, those services are being offered at Daniel Boone Branch at 300 Clarkson Road in Ellisville and in Frontenac at SLCL Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
The program is part of the Digital Equity Initiative, established by St. Louis County Executive in 2020 and funded through the CARES Act.
Free tutoring will be available to St. Louis County residents with special needs in grades pre-K–college through May 28. Registration is required and available at http://bit.ly/FreeMiriamTutoring. Call Miriam Learning Center at (314) 961-1500 with questions. Proof of income is required for participation. Accepted students will receive one 50-minute tutoring session each week.
The program was first offered in October 2020. Over 100 students received tutoring services during a two-month period.
Cathy Cooke’s son participated in the program last year, she said “The tutoring was so helpful and I was amazed at how much work they accomplished in an hour! My son looked forward to it.”
Kristen Sorth, St. Louis County Library Director said, “We are very pleased to continue this partnership with the Miriam Learning Center. The pandemic has amplified the challenges faced by unique learners by making it harder for kids to interact in ways we know are important. This expanded partnership will provide even more families with the support they need in this challenging time.”
“The Digital Equity Initiative is one of many ways we have used our CARES Act grant to respond to this pandemic,” said St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page. “The partnership between St. Louis County Library and Miriam Learning Center allows tutoring opportunities that would not have been available otherwise and I applaud this innovative approach to increase access to learning.”
Beth Rose, Director of the Miriam Learning Center, said, “We are excited to again offer tutoring to children with special needs. The program last time around was a huge success. Parents and students loved the individualized instruction. Current funding will allow us to provide services to many more St. Louis County youth.”
Miriam Academy is located at 1138 Warson Road in Olivette; Miriam School is located at 501 Bacon Ave. in Webster Groves.
CARES dollars are limited and tutoring services are scheduled and provided on a first come, first serve basis until funding is expended.
Founded in 1910, Miriam empowers unique learners by building confidence and a foundation for success. Through innovative programs including Miriam School, Miriam Learning Center and Miriam Academy, Miriam serves more than 1,200 children annually, ages 2-24, who have a wide variety of learning differences. Miriam Learning Center provides specialized services for students who wish to stay in their home schools, including diagnostic testing, in-school supports, therapies, counseling, tutoring and recreational programs.