Free Early Reading Screenings

Marburn Education Collaborative offers Free Early Reading Screenings for children in kindergarten, first, and second grades whose parents want to know if their child is likely to encounter difficulty in learning to read.

For more than 15 years, Marburn has offered Free Early Reading Screenings (FERS) to the central Ohio community. These screenings offer an accessible resource to caregivers of kindergarten, first, and second graders who have questions or concerns about their child’s reading development. While the screening is not a diagnostic tool, it does identify if a child is likely to encounter difficulty learning to read.

The FERS program allows experts from Marburn Academy to provide information on a child’s mastery of critical early literacy skills, such as phonological awareness, letter recognition, and letter sounds. After the screening is complete, Marburn will discuss results, share personalized feedback, and suggest next steps with the caregiver.

Columbus Location – 1650 Watermark Dr. Ste. 120, Columbus:

Screenings are offered year-round at the Columbus location by appointment only*. To schedule contact Marburn Education Collaborative at 614.505.0454 or

* Priority appointments are scheduled for families residing within 15 minutes of the Columbus location.

New Albany Location – 9555 Johnstown Rd., New Albany:

Free Early Reading Screenings are available throughout the school year at the New Albany location. Registration for the 2021–2022 school year is currently full. As an alternative, please inquire about an appointment at our Columbus location.

Parent testimonials:

“I am so thankful I was able to get my 2nd grader into this reading screening. We got a lot of very valuable information and clear next steps. I feel relieved talking through my child’s reading challenges with experts and feel much more confident about how to support him moving forward.”

“I truly appreciate the extra time spent with me to share more resources and provide some options for me to look into for my daughter’s needs.”