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The Washington Literacy Center(WLC) has been helping DC residents with the greatest barriers and fewest resources learn to read since 1963. Starting off as an all-volunteer initiative, the WLC has grown into a dynamic nonprofit with full-time staff, professionally-trained instructors, and passionate volunteers.

We began more than 50 years ago with a mission:

It's just not possible to make one's way in today's world without the ability to read. For 90,000 of DC’s adults, low literacy skills are a barrier to just about everything – completing their education, getting and keeping a decent job, staying out of poverty.


Professional, part-time educators provide individual attention in groups of 8-10, while a case manager connects students with the next steps they will take in their long-term education. 

to provide students with direct instruction in reading and spelling skills so learners can enter a GED program, job-training program, or obtain or improve employment

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All Classes and Activities Suspended Indefinitely Due to Coronavirus(COVID-19)
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The Washington Literacy Center relies on the support of our community. Make a donation today to help make reading a reality.


The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.

- Stan Gudder

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