Centers for Reading and Writing

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.