Learn more about the various services offered by the Literacy Council


Adult Basic Education (ABE):

ABE services provide instruction in reading, writing, and math to adults seeking to improve their skills. As a basic education program for adults, it embraces the “Each One, Teach One” philosophy of individual tutoring to help our students. Whether a student’s goal is to achieve functional literacy, improved job skills, or the ability to help their children with homework, we are prepared to help learners to achieve these objectives. Our services and materials are free to the student.

English as a Second Language (ESL):

We provide free ESL classes to all adults whose first language is not English. High quality teachers, tutors, and classroom materials are free to all students. We are the only agency in Washington County that provides free adult ESL services. Classes are offered weekly at the Fairhill Manor Christian Church in Washington and the Frank Sarris Library in Canonsburg. Tutors and students meet weekly throughout the county in various libraries and other public locations.

Children’s Literacy (CL):

Three years ago, we realized that many of our potential students lacked language skills and/or finances to come to classes because of preschool children in the home. As a result we started the children’s program for these mothers. After only two years we average an annual enrollment of 30 children for both the pre-kindergarten children we have all year long and the grade school children we serve during summer recess.

Baby Book Bags (BBB):

The BBB program has been in existence for over twenty-two years and encourages new mothers to begin reading with their infants soon after birth. Every baby born in Washington Hospital goes home with a book bag containing a suitable baby book, literature on the importance of engaging babies in reading from birth, early childhood literacy intervention information, and local library locations. We have distributed over 27,000 baby book bags since the inception of the program.

General Equivalency Diploma (GED) Preparation:

After mastering the foundational skills, many students hope to pass the high school general equivalency diploma exam. The GED exam is very challenging and includes five tests: literature and arts, social studies, science, writing, and math. We provide certified tutors who supplement GED classes offered biweekly across Washington County.