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Adult Learning Centers

offer free classes for NYC residents 21 years of age and older. Sign up for day, evening, and Saturday courses to learn academic skills at an Adult Learning Center. You can also get job preparation and training.

Courses include: Basic Education (BE), Career and Technical Education (CTE), Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), Computer skills, English as a Second Language (ESL), Health and technical career training, High school equivalency diploma (GED or TASC) and college preparation, Interviewing skills, Medical billing, Office technology, Phlebotomy and Web design.

Classes are held at Adult Learning Centers located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. Students can take classes at any of the sites, regardless of which borough they live in.


 How to join?
Call or visit one of the NYC Adult Learning Centers located at your borough and:
🗹 Have an interview    🗹 Take a test    🗹 Get a description of the programs    🗹 Be placed in classes
Learn more about adult education programs


Borough Borough area Address Phone number
Bronx Bronx North 3450 East Tremont Avenue, Room 323, Bronx, NY 10465 (718) 863-4057
Brooklyn East and South East 557 Pennsylvania Ave, Room 251, Brooklyn, NY 11207 (718) 240-2770
Brooklyn South and West 424 Leonard St, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (718) 558-2046
Brooklyn Brooklyn North 475 Nordstrom Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216 (718) 638-2635
Manhattan Mid-Manhattan 212 West 120th St, New York, NY 10027 (718) 638-2635
Manhattan South 269 West 35th St, 11th Floor, Manhattan, NY 10018 (212) 666-1919
Queens Queens East 142-10 Linden Boulevard, Queens, NY 11436 (718) 558-2046
Queens West 27-35 Jackson Avenue, Floor 3, Long Island City, NY 11101 (718) 361-9480 Ext. 122

Literacy Connection NYPL

coordinated by the New York Public Library, these classes help adults who have trouble reading and writing to reach their goals and help their communication skills in a student-centered environment. Small group instruction by trained volunteer tutors. (212) 340-0918

English Classes for Speakers of other Languages

sponsored by the New York Public Library. Classes are held at library branches. For information about registration, call M-F 9-5 (212) 340-0918.

Esperanza Family Literacy Program

Esperanza family literacy program offers the entire family the way to improve their reading and writing in English. Learn how to help your child perform better in school. Also offered: ESL classes, childcare for children 0-4, parenting classes, homework help, and more. Open to all immigrant families with at least one child between 4-10 years. 1030 East 178th Street at Boston Road, Bronx. Call (718) 542-0109.

Literacy Assistance Center

provides literacy programs for adults, out-of-school youth, and families. Over 800 programs across NY state provide free and low-cost programs in English for speakers of other languages, adult basic education, and GED preparation.
To find a program in NYC (212) 803-3333.

Literacy Inc. (LINC)

works in low-income neighborhoods to bring local resources together in teams to plan and carry out early partner programs and community literacy events. Connects with literacy groups in every borough. Committed to the idea that every child can read on time. (212) 620-5462

New York City Literacy Programs

The Department of Youth and Community Development coordinates the city’s literacy services.

  • Adolescent Literacy Program – After school program for students in grades 6 and 7, designed to strengthen reading, writing, and communication skills.
  • Adult Literacy Program – Helps adults acquire reading and writing skills.
  • English Language Program – For those who speak little or no English.
  • Family Literacy Program – Offers parents and their school-aged children the opportunity to work together on developing their reading, writing, and English-language skills.

Inwood Community Services

In addition to ESL and literacy services, this community-based organization offers youth services such as afterschool and camp programs, mental health counseling, drug/alcohol abuse counseling and other services in English and Spanish.651 Academy Street, 3rd floor; (212) 942-0043.

Living for the Young Family through Education

Provides comprehensive services to meet the needs of teenage parents who wish to stay in school or resume their education. Provides a school-based child care program for the babies of teenage parents. (212) 348-0608