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 literacy can positively transform lives by opening the door to limitless opportunities.

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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 employees 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

The Literacy Center’s Mission is education for work, family, and life.  TLC is dedicated to helping people in the Lehigh Valley achieve the literacy and English language skills needed not only to succeed in today’s competitive world, but to live a happier, more fulfilled life.

Our Values

  • The belief that everyone, regardless of age, has the capacity to learn
  • The conviction that literacy is not simply a privilege, but a right for all people, whether young or old
  • Respect for different cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives
  • Honesty, integrity, high professional and ethical standards, and responsible stewardship of funds and other resources available for the purpose of education

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 in the 2016-2017 school year. 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.