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Literacy

English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania offers free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to non-native English speakers. EL Civics Classes are available to students who wish to become more active and informed community members, while ESL Citizenship Classes are available to individuals studying to take the U.S. Citizenship Test.
-CONTACT INFO:
118 52nd Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 632-1820
ESL

——BEAVER COUNTY—–

ADULT LITERACY ACTION

Works out of Penn State Beaver Campus. Programs include one-on-one tutoring, Family Literacy, Adult Basic Education, Workforce Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages.
-CONTACT INFO:
336 College Ave.
Beaver, PA 15009
(724) 773-7810

——BUTLER COUNTY—–

BUTLER COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADULT LITERACY PROGRAM

Teaches reading and writing skills along with GED preparation. Also teaches English as a second language.
-CONTACT INFO:
The Adult Literacy Program
Butler County Community College
PO Box 1023 College Drive, Oak Hills
Butler PA 16003
(724) 287-8711, ext 8323 Deborah McAllister

—–LAWRENCE COUNTY—–

ADULT LITERACY LAWRENCE COUNTY CHOICES

Adult Literacy Lawrence County Choices
Offers Adult Basic Education, GED preparation, Family classes, computer literacy and English as a second language.
-CONTACT INFO:
125 E North St Ste 306
New Castle PA 16101-3665
(724) 654-1500
Lit Choices Website

—–WASHINGTON COUNTY—–

WASHINGTON COUNTY LITERACY COUNCIL

Offers one-on-one instructions in spelling, writing and simple math for 0-4 grade reading levels and reading to out-of-school adults.
-CONTACT INFO:
101 South College Street
First Baptist Church
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 228-6188
Literacy Council Website

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Compiled by Dr. Silvestri, a Resident at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Last updated on Sept 12, 2007.

—–ALLEGHENY COUNTY—–

BEGINNING WITH BOOKS

Beginning with Books staff is made up of experts in early literacy and early childhood. They provide workshops on early literacy topics to parents, teachers, and caregivers. Outreach specialists and trained support staff also work in the community to develop literacy and work with some early childhood centers to make sure that high-quality books are used and the centers are a literacy-rich environment. They also provide free books to many organizations in Pittsburgh for distribution to low-income families and operate the Storymobile which brings books to low-income communities.
-CONTACT INFO:
5920 Kirkwood Street
Pittsburgh PA 15206
(412) 361-8560
Beginning with Books Website

CARNEGIE LIBRARY OF PITTSBURGH

18 neighborhood locations and Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Several programs offered.
Library’s Website

COMMUNITY LITERACY CENTER

Collaboration between Community House and the Center for the Study of Writing at Carnegie Mellon University. Urban teens and adults, with the support of their Carnegie Mellon student mentors, use writing and public dialogue to take action and to address the dreams and problems of our urban neighborhoods.
Community Literacy Center

GOODWILL LITERACY INITIATIVE (GLI)

Provides Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Equivalency Diploma (GED) preparation to adults at various sites throughout the Pittsburgh area. The program features classroom-based instruction and one-to-one help. Goodwill also offers GED testing services at its Lawrenceville location.
-CONTACT INFO:
GED Hotline (412) 632-1841
Goodwill Industries’ Website – GED Test Preparation

GREATER PITTSBURGH LITERACY COUNCIL (GPLC)

Provides teaching of basic reading, writing and math skills, GED preparation, English as a Second Language, Workplace Skills Development and Prepartion, family programs, Computer Skills training and Health literacy.
-CONTACT INFO:
100 Sheridan Square 4th Flr
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Phone: (412) 661-7323
GPLC Website

PA BUREAU OF ADULT BASIC AND LITERACY EDUCATION (ABLE)

Funds Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Equivalency Diploma (GED) programs throughout PA. Website helps locate classes throughout PA.
ABLE Website

READING IS FUNDAMENTAL (RIF)

Provides multiple programs as well as useful information on the internet for families to encourage reading in children.
Reading is Fundamential Website

—–ARMSTRONG COUNTY—–

ARMSTRONG COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Runs a program called Armstrong Books for Children. Has public awareness campaigns and distributes books to high-risk children.
-CONTACT INFO:
Armstrong County Community Foundation
Suite 2 – 160 N. McKean St.
Kittanning, PA 16201
(724) 548-5897
Community Foundation’s Website