Dear Parents/Guardians,

Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area has been paying close attention to the global outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19. Although the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and KFL&A Public Health have determined the public health risk is low, we want to ensure we are being responsible and responding appropriately. The well-being of the children, youth, and families we serve, as well as staff and volunteers at our Club locations is our top priority—we are monitoring the situation closely and we will be taking every precaution to protect the communities we serve.

Boys and Girls Club/ Big Brothers Big Sisters/The Reading Clinic will follow the Ministry of Education Ministerial Order sent out to schools and will suspend all programs and sessions from March 17th -April 5, 2020 inclusive.  

After 15 years of serving families at the Robert Meek Community Centre, the Reading Clinic, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club, has moved to a more centralized location for the Fall of 2018. This new location will serve families that were accessing either our Bagot St. or West end location, allowing us to have our full staff team in one location to serve you better.

When completed, the new space will provide the Reading Clinic with additional instructor rooms, a waiting area for parents, a private assessment room, and free visitor parking directly in front of the building. The space is located at 299 Concession Street (Alliance Business Centre).

We look forward to serving you and your family at our beautiful new location.


Independent Queen’s Study affirms the Yes! Reading program’s remarkable effectiveness.

Between January and May 2012, Queen’s University’s Dr. John Kirby (Professor in the Faculty of Education) and Mr. Mark Uyar (Honours student in Psychology) evaluated the effectiveness of the Yes! Reading remediation program offered at the Reading Clinic over the more than 10 years of its operation, and explored the student characteristics that predict success in the program.

By measuring change in performance on eight different standard reading tests between when a child started and ended the program, it was found that children in the program improved in a range of reading skills approximately three times as fast as they had been improving prior to participating at the clinic, and approximately twice as fast as normally-achieving children would in the same period of time.

These results indicate that the program offered at the Reading Clinic is very effective in helping children who are struggling to learn to read.

For a complete look at the Research Summary, have a look at our ‘Results’ Page for more information or click here to see more of Dr.Kirby’s results.


Our Math, Written Expression & Reading programs are now all offering daytime/after-school/ & evening slots.

ONBIDA has added a section called “News” to its website. It is well worth checking out!  Click the link below to find out about provincial events…

The International Dyslexia Association Ontario Branch