Ready Set Learn 

Our Ready Set Learn program boosts students’ confidence, attitude toward learning, and literacy skills. We do this through building positive relationships and teaching literacy and growth mindset strategies.

Students who struggle the most in school need extra support over the summer.  Most children lose some of their literacy skills during school breaks. This learning loss is often called the summer slide. COVID-19 lockdowns have also had a negative impact on students’ skills – we call this the COVID slide.

Our free Ready Set Learn Program addresses the summer and COVID slide by providing tutoring support to the children who struggle the most with reading, writing and math.

About the Program

We provide one-to-one tutoring during the summer for children in grades K-6 who are enrolled in English, French, Francophone and EAL language programs. Our tutors create fun, safe and positive learning environments. Each child receives one hour of customized tutoring each week for 8 weeks.  Each year we aim to support up to 800 children.  To our knowledge, this is the only free, Island-wide tutoring program for children ages 5-12.

Program Enhancement

Over the past 21 years, we have learned firsthand that mental well-being and confidence play an important role in learning and academic success.  Research shows that healthy social and emotional development in childhood paves the way for positive mental health and resilience later in life.

With funding from the PEI Alliance for Mental Well-Being, we have enhanced our program to address the mental well-being needs of children. We will do this by training our tutors to:

  • build responsive, positive relationships with each child
  • foster a positive attitude toward learning
  • boost students’ confidence and willingness to take learning risks
  • use mental well-being resources that increase life skills and encourage growth mindset

This project enhancement will also increase awareness among families, future educators, and the public about the connection between mental well-being, resilience, and learning.

How children are selected

Students must be referred by a Resource Teacher or Principal.  Resources Teachers may refer all students in need, no matter their economic status, ability, or ethnicity. If you want your child in this program, please talk to your child’s school.

2022 Partners

  • Service Canada
  • Province of PEI (Dept. of Ed. Skills PEI, PEI Public Library Service)
  • PEI Alliance for Mental Well-being
  • United Way of PEI
  • Regis and Joan Duffy Foundation
  • PEI Public Schools Branch
  • Commission scholaire de la langue français
  • Percé
  • Holland College

Ready Set Learn Reports

2021 Report

2020 Report

2019 Report

2018 Report

2015 Extensive Evaluation Report

Thank you partners and funders


said they enjoyed the program


improved their attitude towards learning

“I learned that I am smart!”

Mathias, grade 3 student
“I learned that math can be fun sometimes and that if I do my best I do a really good job!”
Lily, grade 4 student


of parents agreed the program helped their child’s attitude toward learning

“My son has been in this program for 2 years, and he has fun reading now! Thank you!”
Andrea, Parent of elementary-aged child


of summer tutors agreed their experience added value to their future plans

“It’s my third year tutoring with this [Ready Set Learn] program and I consider myself very fortunate to work with these students and enhance their learning over the summer months in a fun and positive environment.”
Ellie, summer tutor 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go”

Dr. Seuss

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(Old Ellis Brothers Building)
161 St. Peters Road, Charlottetown

Telephone: (902) 368-3620
Toll-Free: 1-866-827-3620


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