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We're here to help you start your education journey.

  • The National Literacy Directory has helped connect more than 50,000 potential students and volunteers to literacy services, community education programs, and testing centers since 2010.
  • We provide listings for Early Childhood, Family Literacy, High School Equivalency/Adult Basic Education, English Language Learning, and Citizenship Classes.
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Stories and news to inspire you along the way.

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Children of Prison Inmates program connects families through books

Erika Nichols-Frazer from The Children's Literacy Foundation (Waterbury Center, VT) shares Jon's story

Language tutors invaluable on long path to citizenship

Carol Myers shares the success of the Literacy Council of Sheboygan County in an article she wrote for The Beacon.
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NLD Innovation Grant Results: 2019 Families Learning Conference

Congratulations to MSAD 52 Adult Education; CAP Services; Tarrant Literacy Coalition; and Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta
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Finding purpose through family learning

LaDelvin was recently invited to share her family literacy story at the 2018 Families Learning Conference.
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Setting an example of persistence and volunteerism

Candice, a member of the Hopi tribe of the Tobacco clan in Arizona and a mother of four, shares her family literacy story.
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Becoming a better parent by taking care of oneself

Ethan is a father of three. He and his daughters are participants in the NCFL Family Learning program at 2NOT1 Fatherhood and Families in KY.
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Before OE, I couldn't understand math, but now I understand it better. The teacher goes over and over and breaks the problem down until we get it, which I think has been very helpful for me. I'm proud of being here. I'm really am!

Wanda R.

My reading skills has really improved ever since I've been here. I'm reading more, I'm asking more questions, and I'm actually better at understanding what I am reading.

Mosely G.

Witnessing the progression of English language in adult immigrants and refugees which my program serves, is heartwarming and immeasurably rewarding. As my learners progress to each level of our language and then become U.S. citizens is the joy of my life. The ESL In-Home Program of Northern Nevada was created in 2004 and in 2008 was given the nonprofit status. It provides educational programs in ESL, GED Preparation, Workplace Communication, Computer Literacy and U.S. Citizenship study at no cost. Our trained ESL community volunteers tutor at the student's availability in the homes of the student or tutor, as well as in public sites (i,.e., library). We teach morning, noon, night, weekends, holidays at no cost to the learner. My program has helped over 6,000 adult immigrant and refugee families in 5 counties of Northern Nevada: Carson, Washoe, Douglas, Lyon and Churchill Counties. Our learners have found jobs, were advanced in their employment, communicate with their children's teachers and medical personnel without interpreters, help their children with homework and other school activities, shop in English-speaking stores, and some have enrolled in higher education. 301 have become U.S. citizens.

Florence Phillips

"Susann played a huge role in helping me pass the GED," student Sarah said. "Thanks to her tutoring, I was able to score in the top 5 percent of the country. I am very thankful for the help I got from the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council."

Lisa Vernon

SBLC hosted our annual fundraiser July 27, 2018 where learner Mykel Knight recited a poem. Mykel recently passed the social studies portion of his GED and is a prolific poet. Mykel received a standing ovation and his donated, framed poem sold in a competitive bid! We look forward to watching Mykel succeed passing his GED, building his self-esteem and happily going through life! Mykel will be featured in a local coffee house, The Drowsy Poet, for their first live poetry event.

Tammy Vaughn

Elizabeth shares a quote from her student Felix:

"I'm Felix and I'm from the Dominican Republic. I want to improve my English. I found out about Washington English Center on the website. I was interested in this school because it's a school that helps all immigrants and it's fun to know people from different countries. We have different teachers every time and that's good for us. Everyone has different ideas and accents and that's good for us. Some speak more slowly, some more quickly. This is my first time in an English school. I learned English in my ex-job, but now I'm learning the rules and the vocabulary and that's helped me a lot. I appreciate everything the teachers do for us."

Elizabeth Madjlesi

As Program Manager, I have had the pleasure of witnessing both children and adults acquire the vital literacy skills to be able to read the necessary materials to conduct their lives with the dignity and respect that our culture demands of them.

Barbara Yuskevich

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Resources to help me stay on mission.

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A site where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Each day, we pose an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explore it in a variety of ways.
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A site that provides a convenient, practical, and engaging way for any volunteer, from high school students to retirees, to learn important skills that help improve reading outcomes for children.
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A comprehensive toolkit of educational resources that support Spanish-speaking families’ aspirations for education and educational attainment and help create strong transition partnerships between programs and postsecondary institutions.

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The road to High School Equivalency

Depending on your location, you will need to take either the GED, HiSET, or TASC test to achieve your high school equivalency credential. Enter your ZIP code [above] or call our 24/7 toll-free hotline (1-877-389-6874) to connect with your local adult education center. Learn more about each test:

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The GED is a four-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers. The four subjects are Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA).
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The TASC test is a five-subject high school equivalency exam that measures levels of academic achievement relative to that of high school graduates, and assesses career and college readiness. The exam can be taken at a testing center on a computer or as a paper test, and covers five subject areas: Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
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The HiSET test is a five-subject high school equivalency exam that measures the academic knowledge relative to that of a high school graduate. The exam covers five content areas: Language Arts – Reading, Language Arts – Writing, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science.