East Side Learning Center
The East Side Learning Center (ESLC) strives to be a major force in “unlocking each child’s potential through the foundation of reading.”
Review Completed: 3/14/2012
740 York Ave
St. Paul, MN 55106
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||Audrey Lindenfelser, SSND, Executive Director
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||School Sisters of Notre Dame
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Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
Provided 14,375 hours of one-on-one tutoring in reading for 339 at-risk children in grades K-4 through the support of 207 volunteer and 38 part-time tutors. 100% of families were given the opportunity to participate in PACT (Parents and Children Together), the parent component for increasing children’s literacy at home.
-91% kindergartners (74 out of 81) became ready for first grade. Kindergarten results strongly affirms that ESLC is very effective with that age group.
-Children received the most benefit from 30 hours or more of tutoring.
-Tutor retention: 55% of the volunteers from fall 2012 semester returned again for spring 2013.
Between January-May 2012 the Board engaged in strategic planning and determined the following major initiatives for 2012-2015:
• Prevent children from falling behind in reading by growing the kindergarten numbers
• Seek opportunities to reach more children
• Maximize tutoring impact
• Ensure funding adequate to maintain and expand programming
• Maintain organizational strength and sustainability
Community or Constituency Served
The East Side Learning Center works towards its mission by providing free one-on-one reading tutoring for St. Paul students in grades PreK-3 who read below grade level and are unable to get help elsewhere.
Geographic Area Served
The ESLC is located in and primarily serves St. Paul neighborhoods that are home to large refugee, immigrant, and minority populations. In the elementary schools served, 94% of families qualify for free and reduced lunch, this placies them at or below the poverty line. Fifty percent of the children are English Language Learners and 90% are of minority descent. According to Minnesota Department of Education data, less than 50% of St. Paul students from these populations are proficient in reading.
Impact and Programs
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|Based on information provided on 2009 to 2012