Explore our history, starting from the first chapter that began in Boston, Massachusetts in 1994.
The Children’s Dyslexia Centers, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides free tutoring services to children with dyslexia. The organization was founded in 1994 by the Scottish Rite Masons, a fraternal organization that has a long history of supporting philanthropic causes, including education.
The Scottish Rite Masons have a history of supporting children with dyslexia that dates back to the 1950s. In 1951, the Scottish Rite Masons established a pilot program in Colorado to provide tutoring services to children with dyslexia. The program was successful, and the Scottish Rite Masons expanded it to other states.
In 1992, the Scottish Rite Masons decided to create a national organization to coordinate their efforts to support children with dyslexia. They formed a task force to develop a plan, and in 1994, the Children’s Dyslexia Centers, Inc. was founded.
The first Children’s Dyslexia Center was established in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1994. The organization has since expanded, and there are now over 40 centers across the United States. The centers provide one-on-one tutoring to children with dyslexia using the Orton-Gillingham approach, a teaching method that focuses on multisensory learning.
The Children’s Dyslexia Centers, Inc. is funded by the Scottish Rite Masons, as well as by individual donors and other organizations. The organization is committed to providing free services to children with dyslexia, regardless of their families’ ability to pay. The organization also provides training and certification programs for tutors, as well as educational resources and support for families and educators.