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We help literacy programs thrive!

As a leading expert in adult literacy, Literacy Works’ Community Literacy program strengthens the adult education landscape through robust training, relationship building, technical support, and collective action.



Literacy Works’ 12 hour intensive ABE and ESL Tutor Essentials trainings will teach you everything you need to know to feel prepared for your first tutor match. 


Our recently updated training is video-based for a more engaging learning experience. The self-paced work is paired with one live (via Zoom) review session with an experienced tutor trainer.

This training is free to members at the Tutor Essentials and All Acces membership levels. The training is $250 for non-members.

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Literacy Works offers a diverse collection of professional development on topics that support adult literacy programs. Our trainings focus on issues that are important to literacy programs, staff and learners. All Community Literacy events are virtual via Zoom and most will be recorded. 


All trainings are free to member and a fee of at least $15 may apply for non-members.


Recordings of past trainings are only available to members at the Professional Development or All Access membership levels



Literacy Works is a connector in the adult education community! We have many ways for you to get more involved in the issues related to this field. Support groups for coordinators (and one for volunteers too!), reading groups, technical support for programs, collective action - and more! 

All of this support is included with any level of membership, but there are many free opportunities for non-members, just email to learn more.

Our Community Literacy program is membership-based.

We have three levels of membership and offer sliding-scale fees for adult education programs and individuals.
We have lots of options, just let us know your situation.

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OK Learn (Our Kids Learn) is a reading workshop designed for parents of children age 0-5 yeras old. Parents will learn techniques for building healthy reading habits at home.

If you're interested in a customized OK for your organization, please contact Keighty.


Current Community Literacy Member? This is where you will find member-specific resources to support you and your program as we learn together.


You'll need your member password to access this material. Email Keighty if you need to recover your password.

Member Agencies
current community literacy Members

Arlington Heights Memorial Library
Anixter Center

Black Hawk College
Centro Romero
Chinese Mutual Aid Association
Corazon a Corazon 

Danville Area Community College

Delaware Division of Libraries

Erie Neighborhood House

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Hana Center
Hanul Family Alliance
Heartland Alliance (Belmont)
Heartland Alliance (Ravenswood)
Howard Area Community Center

Hyde Park Refugee Project
Indo American Center

Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC)

John A. Logan College

John Wood Community College

Literacy Connection

Literacy DuPage

Literacy Volunteers of Fox Valley

Literacy Volunteers of Illinois 

Madonna Mission

McHenry County College
Morton College - Project CARE

Oakton Community College

Olive Harvey Community College

Parkdale Project Read
People's Resource Center


Prairie State College

Regional Office of Education #33

Regional Office of Education - Peoria

Sauk Valley Community College


STAR Adult Literacy (ROE #17)
South-East Asia Center

Tutoring English to Advance Change (TEACH)

The Learning Center/House of Connections
Tolton Center of De La Salle Institute
Touch Gift Foundation
Triton College

UIC Center for Literacy
Vietnamese Association of Illinois
Waukegan Public Library

YWCA Literacy Council

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