"You may have tangible wealth untold; 

Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. 

Richer than I you can never be -

I had a mother who read to me." 

-The Reading Mother by Strickland W. Gillilan

Poet Strickland Gillilan wrote in 1892 of the reading mother, but we know that successful readers bloom in literacy-rich homes of stay-at-home dads, single moms, adoptive parents, grandparents, blended families, and infinite other versions of 21st century families. Whatever your role, you have the power to help grow a reader.


  • Are you looking for an educational evaluation for your child?

  • Do you need help finding your child’s identity as a reader?

  • Do you need a liaison who can help navigate the referral process, make sense of assessments, and identify how a school can best serve your child?

  • Do you want to know how you can help your child at home with reading and writing?


"Dr. Ness has a gentle, natural way with children, eliciting responses through humor and encouragement.  Dr. Ness is the rare individual who embodies what it means to be a true teacher and an academic at the same time."

Douglas Distefano, MSed, Doctoral Candidate, 3rd Grade Teacher, Dobbs Ferry, NY

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