Children's Dyslexia Center-Madison

A Scottish Rite Masonic, Community Partnership

Providing

​One-on-one Tutoring for Children with Dyslexia/Learning Disabilities at No Cost

Thank you to every donor and grantor that helps us fulfill our mission. Your collective support enables us to help all children in our community. Because we believe they deserve the opportunity to learn in a way that meets their needs and enables them to succeed, regardless of their family income level, we provide our tutoring services free of charge. Ours is the only program in the community that does this.


2016 - 2017 Grant Awards
Altrusa International of Madison
American Family Insurance
Irwin A & Robert D Goodman Foundation
Madison Rotary Foundation
Madison South Rotary Foundation
Madison West Kiwanis Club Foundation, Inc.
Magic Pebble Foundation
Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation
Steve Stricker American Family Ins Foundation
The Evjue Foundation, Inc.
Wisconsin Masonic Foundation

Our Board of Governors

Roger Nitzsche, Chair

William E. Johnson, Vice-Chair

Steve Underwood, Secretary

Paul Krueger, Treasurer

Gail Piper, Assistant to the Treasurer

Board Members:

Andy Anderson

Don Komplin

​Michael Roering

Peggy Rosin

Jeanne Silverberg

Jon Udell

Deputy for Supreme Council 33° A.A.S.R. for No. M.J.:

Michael A. DeWolf

Diane Anderson, Controller

Kelly Kuenzie, Director

About Our Bear Logo

     The founder of the centers, J. Philip Berquist, was married to a lovely lady, Nancy, whose hobby was collecting bears. In that the centers were to help children, they felt the teddy bear would make a perfect logo. Nancy donated many of her bears to the first center. The late Charles Freeman drew the logo, and it has remained the same to this day.

But, it's more than just a logo!!!

     Each student gets to select their own bear from a collection of donated bears kept at each center. That special bear stays at the center and sits with the student as they are tutored for one, two or even three years. Then when our student's graduate they take their bears home with them.

Our History, What we do, How we do it, and Who Helps us!

     In 1991, the Masonic Children's Learning Centers were adopted as a project for the 32 degree Masons in Massachusetts. The first center, Greater Boston Learning Center, was opened in July 1993 in the Masonic Hall in Newtonville, MA. Since then 42 learning centers have been established and are in operation within the Masonic Northern Jurisdiction. In 2011, the National Board of Governors changed the corporate name of the centers to the Children's Dyslexia Centers, Inc. The corporate office is in Lexington, MA (www.childrensdyslexiacenters.org).

     Children's Dyslexia Center-Madison began in November, 2000, as the Madison Masonic Learning Center for Children. Our center became a reality because of the vision, hard work and support of a dedicated local volunteer Board of Governors. The first enrolled students began tutoring on January 21, 2001, and within a year the center exceeded its goal by tutoring 15 children with four trained tutors. Madison's center was officially dedicated on April 21, 2002. From 2002 to date, Children's Dyslexia Center-Madison has graduated 144 students and trained dozens of tutors. Children's Dyslexia Centers, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charity and is funded largely by the efforts of local Masons who give generously and sponsor annual fund raising events.

     The Orton-Gillingham method of phonics instruction grew out of research done at the Reading Disabilities Unit of the Massachusetts General Hospital and is used at all the Children's Dyslexia Centers . Our program delivers the highest level of quality instruction to children with dyslexia and is certified by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC). Children who enter the program with below grade level scores in reading, writing and spelling are often deeply frustrated. Over 90% of our students have turned frustration into success by achieving grade level reading skills with some making the honor roll at their schools! It has been a rewarding experience to watch the children become successful readers and be able to make the honor roll at their school.