Adult & Family Literacy Center

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Welcoming Falls Church's Adult & Family Literacy Center teaches English to immigrants and helps them settle into life in the area. We are passionate about welcoming immigrants and refugees to the community. Helping people learn English flows naturally from a welcoming spirit!

GET INVOLVED. Join our team of teachers, assistants and tutors to help refugees and immigrants gain the English skills they need to be successful! We also invite you to support our Adult & Family Literacy Center by purchasing items off our Amazon Wish List or by donating HERE. If you are considering volunteering, please fill out this form.

TEACH or CO-TEACHa class on Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings at Oak Street Elementary School (fall and spring semesters)

ASSISTin a class with an experienced lead teacher

TUTORstudents to help develop their literacy skills

PROVIDE CHILDCAREwhile parents are in class

DONATEto Welcoming Falls Church to help support this program

We invite you to learn more about literacy and what we do. Responses to some frequently asked questions are below.

How does Welcoming Falls Church's Adult & Family Literacy Center help immigrants and refugees?

Welcoming Falls Church's goal is to create a community of neighbors where all members feel welcome and included. Our Adult & Family Literacy Center is focused on helping immigrants and refugees gain the literacy and language skills they need to thrive in our community. As part of our curriculum, we also invite community leaders to speak about local programs and initiatives. This year, we also introduced a Children's Literacy Activities Program (CLAP!) to children, ages four to 12, of adults taking English language and literacy classes. We are particularly thankful to the high school students who have already made this program a success. Email us with questions or to register your child for CLAP!

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Who does Welcoming Falls Church partner with, to support the Adult & Family Literacy Center?

Welcoming Falls Church is grateful for the opportunity to partner with the English Empowerment Center (formerly Literacy Council of Northern Virginia) and Falls Church City Public Schools (FCCPS), in support of the Adult & Family Literacy Center. English Empowerment Center’s expertise, in the form of curriculum, teacher training, and general guidance, the participation of Meridian High School students in CLAP!, and FCCPS's willingness to host the program at Oak Street Elementary School as well as its generous financial support, are central to the success of the program. Thank you to all of our partners!

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Where and when do classes take place?

Our classes are held at Oak Street Elementary (601 S. Oak Street, Falls Church, VA 22046) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm in the fall and spring semesters. Fall 2022 classes took place September 27-December 15 and Spring 2023 classes will be held February 14-May 4.

How can I register for classes?

Registration for spring semester will take place in January (date TBD) in the Oak Street Elementary School cafeteria. Oak Street Elementary School (OSE) is located at 601 S. Oak St, Falls Church. (parking lot on Seaton Lane). Please bring proof of COVID vaccination and at least one booster to registration. English Empowerment Center will also hold registrations on other dates at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd, Falls Church. Please check the English Empowerment Center website for more information. Email us for more details about our registration at OSE.

Is childcare provided for children of adult English learners?

Yes! This fall we began offering childcare to children ages four to 10 years old whose parents are taking English language and literacy classes. This spring we are expanding the age range to ages 4-12. This new initiative, the Children's Literacy Activities Program (CLAP!), focuses on teaching children pre-literacy and literacy skills to help them be successful in school--and have fun at the same time! Our high school volunteers have made this program a big success! Please help us keep this program running by purchasing items on our Amazon Wishlist. Spaces are limited, so email us for more information or to register your child.