About The Literacy Center

The Literacy Center is a leader in community-based adult literacy education built on innovative, cost-effective instructional services that ensure excellence in student outcomes. Since 1977, more than 30,000 adults from nearly every country in the world have sought our expertise and help.  We firmly believe that adult education and training can positively transform lives by opening the door to limitless opportunities.

Adult Literacy Programs | The Literacy Center

Our Story

The Literacy Center was established in 1977 by a small group of Allentown residents concerned with the plight of area residents who were being held back in life due to illiteracy. We have provided community-based literacy instruction free of charge to more than 30,000 students from nearly every country in the world. Today, The Literacy Center employs more than 20 full- and part-time employees, the majority of whom hold a master’s degree. We have more than 30 dedicated volunteers who contribute their time and expertise to our operations. In 2017, we expanded our number of classrooms from six to eleven. We also provide a state-of-the-art computer lab and a college access room for our students.

Our Mission

Through innovative programming, The Literacy Center delivers high-quality instruction, training and support for adults who are experiencing language, education, and employment barriers.

Our Vision

All adults have access to the training and education that allows them to achieve their potential to:


Enrich individual and family life,

Enhance the community,

Participate in civic life, and

Strengthen the economy.

Our Values

  • Education
  • Equity
  • Excellence
  • Empowerment
  • Community
  • Innovation

Our Accomplishments

The Literacy Center is one of the highest performers in the state of Pennsylvania. Out of the 53 literacy centers funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, we were ranked #1 for student academic outcomes for the past three school years. This performance measure speaks volumes not only about the quality of our educational programs and our instructors, but our dedication to our organization’s mission and values.