We work to narrow the equity gap for children from low-income families through 1-on-1 tutoring, homework help, literacy intervention, and IEP support. Our school advocacy efforts help parents enroll children in high-performing schools and provide guidance on how to best support their child by strengthening relationships with their children’s schools.

of seniors graduated for the sixth year in a row
hours of high-intensity tutoring in 2022
Of K-7th graders improved or maintained reading level through our 2022 summer program


Horton’s Kids operates as one of City Tutor’s high-intensity tutoring hubs. Tutoring focuses on homework completion and literacy exercises tailored to helping each child advance.

Interested in becoming a tutor? Visit our Volunteer Page to get involved.

Homework Help

Before tutoring programs, children receive help with homework from off-duty educators for two hours after school, Monday through Thursday, in our Community Resource Centers. Participants can also access computers and other multimedia technology.  This time allows older participants to focus on other project-based programming later in the evening, and keeps them on track for high school graduation.

Program Evaluation

Horton’s Kids measures and validates all academic programming with regular testing and data analysis.

Literacy Intervention

To promote a love of learning and reading, Horton’s Kids has well-stocked libraries at our Community Resource Centers, and children can choose and take home books of all reading levels. During the summer, Horton’s Kids connects children with opportunities, including summer school and literacy recovery activities, which prevent the summer slide in learning.

Educational Advocacy

Recognizing that the local public schools do not provide children with the strongest opportunities for success, Horton’s Kids helps families enroll children in the best schools possible.  Today, more than 80% of participants are enrolled in high-performing charter schools, including KIPP DC, Bard High School, McKinley Tech, and Thurgood Marshall Academy.