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Medaille College's Reading Center

Medaille's Reading Center offers tutoring to students in grades Pre K-12. Literacy Specialists provide individualized instruction to children for two hours per week during the school year.

Tutors complete a full battery of informal assessment in the areas of reading, writing and word study before beginning instruction. Students receive individualized instruction designed to meet their distinct needs at the Medaille Reading Center.

Whether participants need intensive instruction or a semester of support learning better strategies, our method of utilizing assessment-driven instruction meets the developmental needs of the children in our center in a unique and effective way. We focus on word recognition and decoding skills, comprehension and fluency strategy instruction, vocabulary development, word study and an emphasis on teaching writing skills and strategies.

Children respond well to the individualized instruction and attention they receive in the center. Possibly one of the most important areas of improvement we see is in their confidence and motivation! Medaille's Reading Center runs for 12 week sessions during the fall and spring semesters and for 7 weeks during the summer. Days and times for each session are listed below.


We offer three sessions throughout the year; fall, spring and summer. The fall session runs from mid-September through the first week of December. Spring sessions run from mid-February through the first week of May and the summer session runs from the first week of July through mid-August.

Fall and Spring Sessions:

Early Intervention Clinic
Grades Pre-K-2
Mondays / Wednesdays (4:30-5:30 p.m.)

Elementary Clinic
Grades 3-6
Tuesdays / Thursdays (4:30-5:30 p.m.)

Adolescent Clinic

Grades 5-12

Tuesdays/ Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm


Summer Sessions:

Early Intervention Clinic
Tuesdays / Thursdays (9-10:45)

Elementary Clinic
Tuesdays / Thursdays (12:30-2:15)

Registration Fees

Early registration fees due:
Fall- by September 1
Spring- by January 1
Summer- by May 1
Early Registration Fees:
$85 one child (after deadline $95)
$130 two children (after deadline $ 140)
$190 three children (after deadline $200)

Download an application PDFand submit by e-mail to: Michelle Cefaratti,

By mail to: Medaille College ATTN: Reading Center 18 Agassiz Circle Buffalo, NY 14214

Please allow 2-3 weeks after submitting an application to receive notice of application, registration deadlines and start dates. At time of registration a 50% non-refundable deposit will be required. For questions all La'Wain Reed at 880-2810.


The Reading Center is located at 77 Humboldt Parkway, the third house from the entrance to the Buffalo Campus. Parking is available in the front lot, directly in front of the Main Building, and behind the Humboldt houses on the campus side. As you enter the Buffalo Campus, make a left just after the stop sign for marked visitor parking. Review the Campus Map PDF for additional information.


Contact Information

La'Wain Reed
School of Education
(716) 880-2810

Michelle Cefaratti
Reading Center Director
(716) 880-2815

Reading Center Application

Parent Resources

Advice from PBS
Reading Is Fundamental
Reading Rockets

Literacy Websites for Kids

Reading A-Z

Children's Books Author Sites

Jan Brett
Tomie Depaola
Mary Pope Osborne
J.K. Rowling
Dr. Seuss

Our Students and Tutors
Two Medaille graduates, Kristy Giardina and Katie Pomeranski, participated in our reading program. See their thoughts on the education program at Medaille in videos posted to Youtube.