The ability to speak, read, and write effectively in English is crucial to living an independent life where you are able to not just survive, but thrive economically, socially, and emotionally. Every year, we continue to see the benefits our students receive from both our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and from tutoring. Through their tenacity and dedication in class and with their tutor, they are able to obtain employment, help their children, and attend school and community events.
The Adult Literacy Program (ALP) began in 1979 and is located downstairs in the Kennett Library. The program has been offering literacy services to the community for 38 years and has served more than 7,000 adult learners. Over the course of all these years, the program has been a source of hope to people from 55 different countries, representing five continents. The ALP provides English as a Second Language and adult literacy instruction for each student to achieve the literacy levels required to become more skilled in the workplace, to communicate more effectively in the family and to participate with greater ease in the community. All students have different reasons, goals, and dreams for acquiring English literacy. The ALP offers day classes, evening classes, and computer English Language Lab. A unique component of the program is the one-to-one volunteer tutoring. Please call the ALP office if you would like to volunteer your time to help tutor one of our students.
Due to policy changes in the Department of Education; the Adult Literacy Program no longer qualifies to receive state and federal adult education funds. Our primary funding comes from the generosity of both The United Way of Southern Chester County and The Kennett Public Library. We are also very grateful to receive funding from foundations, United Way donor designations, corporate, and private donations. If you would like to make a donation to the Adult Literacy Program, please contact the office at 610-444-9118.