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The Literacy Program teaches adults in:

English Language Acquisition (ELA), Civics/Citizenship, Adult Basic Education (ABE),
basic literacy (BL) in reading, and high school equivalency (HSE).

By improving their English and basic literacy education, our clients will be able to obtain jobs and apply to community colleges or technical programs that would lead to greater opportunities.

NOTICE: We are conducting classes ONLINE through Skype for current students.
Skype is central to registration and communication with our students. Students are required to check Skype for updates about their registration status, class updates, and program updates. To talk to a representative, try our virtual help desk.

Adult Literacy Program
472 Jersey Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302

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New Students
Thank you for your interest in the Literacy Program.
We are an accredited member of ProLiteracy and an affiliate of LiteracyNJ.
If you would like to join our community of lifelong learners, please make sure you fulfill all our tech and registration requirements.

Our main registration periods include:
Fall semester registration from July to August and
Spring semester registration from December to January.

Please note:
*Completing a pre-registration form does not guarantee enrollment.*
*Students cannot choose the day and time of their classes. Students are grouped by test score.*

Please see the Technological Requirements for Students here:
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New Student Registration Process
There is a process for registration which begins with completing one pre-registration form.
Please note: If the pre-registration form is inaccessible, registration is closed.
English Language Acquisition (ELA) is our program for adult, non-native speakers who want to improve their English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.
Citizenship classes are for green card holders who want to become US citizens and need extra help to prepare for their US citizenship test and interview. (Requires a good English test score).
Adult basic literacy classes are for native English speakers who need to improve their ability to read.
High School Equivalency (HSE) classes are for adults who need to obtain a high school diploma. If you are interested in this program, click the following button for the proper pre-registration form.
Our main registration periods include: Fall semester registration from July to August and Spring semester registration from January to mid-February. Again, please note: If the pre-registration forms are inaccessible, registration is closed.
The complete, detailed process can be found here:

Please note: You are required to check your email and Skype app on your computer or your phone.

If you are having trouble with registration, you can contact us at 201.547.4518 or or through Skype at this link: between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:30 pm from Monday through Saturday. We are closed on holidays.

Returning Students
Returning students who have been in classes in the past semester or year have a shorter, two-step process for registration.
Current Students: We have plenty of online resources for our current students on our course materials website HERE.
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Please see our PDF of Tutor Technology Requirements here:
New Tutor Registration
Registration begins by completing one form.
The full process can be found here: New Tutor Registration Process
Please contact us at if you have any other questions.
To provide one-on-one and small group literacy instruction to adult learners who want to improve their lives.
Adult learners will improve their literacy skills and obtain high school diplomas, obtain better jobs, or become United States citizens.
We believe that an individual’s literacy is critical to the enjoyment and protection of political, economic, and social freedoms, which support our democratic society.
The Jersey City Literacy Program is a department of the Jersey City Free Public Library, 472 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302. The Jersey City Free Public Library was incorporated in 1889. The Jersey City Literacy Program was founded in 1986 by the Board of Trustees for the purpose of providing basic literacy instruction to individuals who had little to no literacy skills. Literacy trainers provide training to volunteers who express an interest in helping adults improve their lives.

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Thank you for supporting the Jersey City Library Literacy Program with your donation!
Donate by clicking here.

Tax-deductible contributions may be made in accordance with Sections 170(c)(1) and 170(c)(2)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code, as well as Section 10(c)(2)(B).
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Frequently Asked Questions

Please click this button to download the FAQ.