Free Literacy Programs Throughout Austin

Ascend Center for Learning

Offers Adult Basic Education classes to adults who test at a pre-GED level on an initial placement exam. 1640-B E. Second, 512/326-8655, www.ascendaustin.org.

ASPIRE Family Literacy

Parents in need of GED or ESL classes with children who are 0-7 years old, and who live in Southeast Austin are eligible for this program from Communities in Schools, which consists of evidence-based parenting classes, early childhood education, adult education, home visits, intergenerational literacy activities, and placing parent volunteers in classrooms. Travis High School, 1211 E. Oltorf, 512/841-8571, www.ciscentraltexas.org/what-we-do/aspire-family-literacy.

Austin Learning Academy

Offers literacy programs for children and adults. AISD schools, various locations, 512/457-9194, www.alaweb.org.

BookSpring

Offers a continuum of literacy programs for children ages 0-12. 2006 Greenbrook Pkwy., 512/472-1791, www.bookspring.org.

El Buen Samaritano

Offers afterschool tutoring for fall and spring semesters for children ages 6-14 years. A partnership with Capital Area Food Bank provides free meals and weekend food packages. 7000 Woodhue, 512/439-0700, www.elbuen.org.

LifeWorks

Offers GED and literacy classes to students ages 16-26. 835 N. Pleasant Valley Rd., 512/735-2400, www.lifeworksaustin.org.

Manos de Cristo

Offers basic adult education classes in Spanish. Upon completion, students will receive a diploma of primary or secondary school from the Ministry of Public Education in Mexico. 4911 Harmon, 512/477-7454, www.manosdecristo.org.

St. Alban's Adult Literacy Tutoring

Provides individual tutors to adults working toward literacy. Sessions take place at the Austin Public Library. 11819 S. I-35, 512/750-8142, www.stalbansaustin.org/outreach/sail-salt.

SSP Learning Center

Offers early childhood (2 to 4 years) learning, adult ESL, and Play and Learning (for parents to attend with children 18 months to 4 years) classes. 200 Brushy, 512/788-7255, www.ssplearningcenter.org.

VICTORY Tutorial Program

Provides students in grades 1-12 with individual tutors for weekly one-hour sessions. Austin Public Library, various branches, contact Corrina Noriega: 512/797-3098, corrina.noriega@austintexas.gov, www.austinisd.org/victory-tutorial.

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