Each Center also offers open computer lab hours five days a week. There are a variety of computer programs available for students to practice their reading, writing, listening, and English-speaking skills.
The Council also offers beginning-level ESL classes in Springfield, Culmore, and Arlington.
Family Learning Program
In partnership with Fairfax County Head Start, this project provides a supportive environment in which families can work together to improve the skills and educational level of parents and children while promoting enthusiasm for learning in the home. Participating families engage in activities that help parents to develop English-language and reading skills, reinforce and enhance what children are learning in school and promote parent and child interaction.
The Family Learning Program is offered at Main Street Child Development Center, Crestwood Elementary School, and Timber Lane Elementary School.
Community Outreach Projects
Volunteers may participate in community outreach projects such as tutoring in jails, homeless shelters, senior centers, and in the workplace.
Through the generosity of individual donors and Modern Publishing in New York, the Literacy Council is able to provide a free copy of the New Concise Webster's Dictionary to each of its students.
Learning Disabilities Project
Our reading specialist screens students for learning disabilities and then works with their tutors to develop a curriculum suited to each student's individual learning style.
Vision Screening Project
A partnership with area optometrists and optical stores allows the Literacy Council to refer income-qualified students for visual screening and optometry services.
The Literacy Council provides an introduction to word processing and basic keyboarding to its students.
Each year the Literacy Council publishes a book of essays written by Council students. The most recent addition, Writing...from the Heart, contains writings from students who share their thoughts and personal experiences through stories, poems and personal histories.