1 in 8 adults in Kalamazoo County struggle to read.

These adults struggle to read to their children, fill out a job application or understand medical information. But you can make a difference in their lives and your community.

KLC in the media

February 8, 2021
Career Pathway Aims To Fill Shortage of Childcare Providers in Kalamazoo
The Edison Early Childhood Education Career Pathway program was created to fill a childcare shortage officials said became very apparent in specific neighborhoods throughout the city of Kalamazoo.

February 4, 2021
YWCA in Kalamazoo Creates Career Pathway to Staff 24-hour Childcare Center
This program partnership will create an employment pipeline in Kalamazoo County. Apprentices will train as early learning professionals at YWCA’s new Edison Children’s Center, on the lower level of The Creamery apartment building at the intersection of Portage and Lake streets in Kalamazoo’s Edison neighborhood.

February 1, 2021
Edison Early Childhood Education Career Pathway Press Release
People who want a career in early childhood education now have a clear path to a good paying job thanks to an innovative program based in the Edison neighborhood.


Check out these great articles featuring volunteer Jay Parsons, winner of the 2020 Volunteer Service Award. We are grateful for the continued support from our media partners at WWMT Channel 3. 

January 11, 2021 
Kalamazoo octogenarian wins outstanding volunteer service award 

January 22, 2021
Volunteering can boost mental physical health during Covid-19 pandemic 

ProLiteracy webinar

Ideas from the Field: Navigation Strategies to Bridge the Digital Divide

Connecting adult learners to virtual services is challenging, especially when they don’t have the literacy, language, or digital skills to engage in services independently. Watch the video above to hear the strategies used by Kalamazoo Literacy Council to remove the barriers to virtual learning.

Michael Evans, executive director of Kalamazoo Literacy Council, explains how we established a laptop loaning program and implemented other supports to effectively connect ABE, ESL, and basic literacy learners to services. questions.

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