Adult  and Family Literacy

Adult Literacy Links

The following general information sites are good sources for adult literacy statistics, advocacy information, and materials.

Benton Foundation

White House, The

Digital Literacy fact sheet


This site is a national dissemination and professional development system that provides current information on literacy research, practice and resources. It includes a clickable link to a local directory of literacy programs for adults, children, and employers.
“Improving lives and communities through adult literacy” is the purpose of this group which is the national organization of our friends, Literacy Volunteers of Clinton County and LV of Essex and Franklin Counties. The comprehensive web site includes practitioner resources and classroom materials for adult basic education, English as a Second Language, Middle/High School Intervention, and GED preparation.

ProLiteracy publishes educational materials that address the learning needs and difficulties of adult learners and young people in grades 6-10. ProLiteracy produces the only weekly newspaper “written in plain English” at and operates New Readers Press, a publishing division of the organization.
Literacy New York, the state organization of Literacy Volunteers, serves to develop the organizational capacity of a network of 36 community and agency-based affiliates across the state. Literacy New York advocates on behalf of adult literacy at the state and federal level, utilizes public relations and marketing efforts to further the cause of adult literacy, and engages in effective resource development efforts to support adult literacy.
With an average of 2,000 "hits" per day, Dave's Café is obviously doing something right. This user friendly site is the Internet's meeting place for ESL/EFL students and teachers from around the world. It includes high-interest and interactive areas for both students and teachers. Be sure to visit the ESL Job Center, the Help Center, the Graffiti Wall, and the question page - they all address a variety of real-life needs. You can read a complete review of this site at
This site includes a variety of lessons and ideas that can be used with adults with learning or developmental disabilities, children or people learning English as a second language. Includes links to a "web of online dictionaries", a currency converter, lesson plans for teaching ESL with songs and music, and brainstorming ideas. A good place to visit for a variety of basic ideas that will teach basic skills in a fun and lively manner.
This site is billed as a "starting point" for ESL learners who want to learn English through the Web. It is a good clearinghouse for links to sites that provide free information. Sections include: listening, reading, writing, grammar, lesson plans (some can be downloaded), newspapers, maps, business English, pronunciation, quizzes, games, and dictionaries. Includes handy links to the Encarta World English Dictionary (you can click to hear the pronunciation), and VoyCabulary, which allows readers to look up words while reading on the Web. 

Family Literacy Links

Mountain Lake PBS is an official Ready To Learn station, endorsed by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Under this relationship, Mountain Lake PBS conducts workshops and distributes pertinent literacy materials to families across northern New York state.

The station is also a partner in VITAL, a web-based education service made available free of charge to teachers and students across New York by all nine of New York’s public television stations. This service offers video clips, including PBS content, geared toward K-12 core curriculum standards, as well as teacher resource materials, including lesson plans.
Since this group’s formation in May 2002, Journey Into Reading has given away over 18,000 books to children! Each Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 PM volunteers read to young children at the Champlain Centre Mall, Plattsburgh (near Kay Jewelers). After hearing the book read, the child picks a free book to take home. Adults who attend are given tips on how to read to children and given reasons why they should read to their children. Helpful resources such as “A Father’s Role” and “Why Read to a Toddler” are available as downloadable pdfs.
The web site of the Vermont Center for the Book, which allowed CEFLS to be a partner in the What’s the Big Idea? Math and Science project which was supported by the National Science Foundation. Search this site’s database for recommended picture books by keyword, subject or author. You can also search for products, programs, kits and free articles and activities.