Our Story

Community Literacy Centers, Inc. (CLC) was established in 1987 as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to teaching adults to read. The founding members of CLC recognized the correlation between illiteracy and many of the social problems in our community; crime, poverty, health issues, and ignorance. Literacy intersects every aspect of life, and can be a stepping stone to independence and self-sufficiency.  CLC offers Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in several locations throughout Oklahoma County by partnering with more than 28 agencies to reach those who need assistance. Since its inception, CLC has helped more than 38,000 individuals. CLC also provides professional development for our teachers and tutor training for volunteers.

Community Literacy Centers is a place where adults learn to read in a safe, welcoming environment. For many adults, CLC provides a second chance at life and opens new doors of opportunity. We provide free classroom instruction to approximately 1,000 adults each year in reading and writing. Individual tutoring is also available for students who need additional support.

At Community Literacy Centers, students are surrounded by people who truly care about them. Many of the adults who come to CLC have heartbreaking stories about their experiences as non-readers. When adults come to us, many are ashamed of their circumstances and need a lot of reassurance. They need to know that they can become self-sufficient adults. They also know that we will not give up on them.

Community Literacy Centers is quietly changing lives in our community every day.

We operate with private contributions and we do it very efficiently. Our organization is committed to applying sound educational principles to create the most innovative, cost-efficient means to teach adults to read.

Our Services

We are passionate about literacy!

Our staff and teachers make you feel welcome. CLC offers a very relaxed and safe setting for learning.

Teachers and tutors understand the problems you may have when you try to read. We keep our class sizes small so that instructors can teach to varied learning styles.

CLC has many times available for classes, during the day and also at night. Classes are held twice a week for two hours each. Classes are held at many places in Oklahoma City. All of our classes are free of charge.

For a full class schedule, please visit the link below:

Class Schedule

To learn more about our classes, please call us at 405-524-7323.

LEAP (Learning, Enriching, Achieving, Preparing)

LEAP focuses on literacy issues by providing on-site training to individuals through cooperative partnerships with non-profit agencies, churches, schools, and some businesses in the Oklahoma City area. The LEAP program is site-specific.

The program is designed to meet the needs of partner agencies and their clients.  Our partners provide classroom space, access to some office equipment, and a liaison. LEAP is the critical link that enables the individual to learn in a familiar environment as they work towards the initial goals set with their home agency.

The LEAP program provides on-site training to individuals. All LEAP activities are taught by professional educators and supervised by CLC’s Education Program Coordinator. CLC also provides teaching materials, volunteer tutors, and coordination. Instructors are trained in phonics-based activities, which are scientifically proven to work with struggling learners.

Basic Skills

Our Basic Skills classes help students improve their level of reading, writing, and spelling. In order to be placed into one of classes, please make an appointment with us by calling (405) 524-7323.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL classes help students learn to read, write, and speak in English.  These students speak another language in their household, but would like to learn English so they can improve their communication at work and in the community.

Workplace Learning Solutions

Workplace Learning Solutions is a fee-for-service program focused on teaching adults how to read, write, and speak English in the workplace. By offering assessments, ESL, and basic literacy courses in the workplace, Community Literacy Centers aims to improve English language skills, adult literacy, and reduce communication barriers. These classes are taught by our certified instructors.

Some of the benefits of Workplace Learning Solutions include:

  • Increases job performance
  • Enhances communications between workers
  • Prepares employees for potential job promotion
  • Facilitates greater employee retention

If you are interested in this program in your workplace, please contact Melissa Meyers, Workplace Learning Coordinator, melissa@communityliteracy.com, or call (405) 524-7323.