Programs we offer:


Literacy Programs

General Education Development

English Language Learning/Citizenship


Refugees and immigrants from 29 countries are receiving English instruction at the Capital Area Literacy Coalition. Some speak no English at all, while others speak with varying degrees of proficiency. We offer one-to-one instruction as well as classes.

MSU Student Literacy Corps


MSU students and community members are professionally trained and supervised to teach reading and writing to children in poverty. We serve schools on the bottom of reading achievement scores in Michigan. MSU students may enroll in TE 494 Field and Lab in Literacy. Departments across the university with requirements for service learning refer their students. Other students volunteer.

The Read to Succeed trainings take place in Erickson Hall. Program quality is recognized by letters from Lansing principals and administrators; pre and post tests document reading gains of children; university student reflection papers are very positive. Many university students sign up for more than one semester. This experience has helped MSU students gain employment and gain acceptance to the Peace Corps and Teach for America.

Read to Succeed Coordinators: Patricia Williams, Sheila Dunnigan, Sharon Mathews and Jeff Woods. Lead Coordinator, Patricia Williams, can be reached at 517-420-1849 or by e-mail:

Family/School Partnership


We recruit, train and employ at-risk teens living in public housing communities to tutor the younger children in their neighborhood.

Tutoring sessions take place twice weekly in the community center from 3:30-5:30 -- a time when juvenile crime is at its highest. The children work cooperatively on thematic units and special projects identified as being of high interest to the group. Prizes are given for attendance and good behavior, and books are distributed weekly to help the student and their family build their own home library collection.

Family Literacy


Growing Readers workshops provide suggestions and materials to help parents and caregivers expand children's language and concepts by tying activities to popular children's books readily available in libraries and bookstores.

Each week families, with children ages 3- 7, are given folders to take home. Each folder contains a child's book, instructions and materials for various activities related to the book. They are also provided resource materials on literacy.

We provide one-time presentations at local residential programs for single mothers and to area high school teens who are parents.

The importance of reading is widely understood. Growing Readers is rich in suggestions, techniques to expand learning to help a child become ready for school, and the enjoyment of books. Books are given out in all of CALC's programs to help families build their home library.

Children's Book Drop

Diagnosis and Testing

Adult Basic Education

Workplace Literacy