Background and History of the Children's Dyslexia Center of Northeast New York


The Masons are the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world, with a rich history in the US that dates back to colonial times - George Washington was among the first Masons in the then newly formed United States.

Masons do their charitable work at a level where real differences can be made in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Following the philanthropic precedent of many other Masonic charities, the Children's Learning Centers Program represents a substantial charitable commitment.


Since 1994 the Scottish Rite Masons of Northern Jurisdiction have been national leaders in the effort to help children and their families overcome the painful obstacles of dyslexia.

There are over 50 Learning Centers in operation in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

Many Scottish Rite Masons from the Capital region are actively involved in support of the Children's Dyslexia Center of Northeast New York.

The Order of the Eastern Star, a related organization, is the oldest fraternal organization in the world to which both men and women may belong. The stated purposes of the organization are: Charitable, Educational, Fraternal and Scientific. Started in the mid 1800s, the Order of the Eastern Star today has more than two million members worldwide.

To learn more about Scottish Rite and freemasonry in the region, one can visit one of the websites of local Masonic organizations, for example a Valley of Schenectady.

We invite you to join us in one of these rewarding associations. It is as simple as making one phone call or sending one email to start the process.