All LVCC Classes Are Cancelled Effective Immediately!

03/14/2020:  Literacy Volunteers of Central CT is cancelling all classes through March 27th in its 15-town area.  Many libraries and  other meeting locations are closed.  We anticipate others will follow to address concerns about COVID-19.

We ask that tutors notify your students about the cancellation.  Information will be updated on social media, via email, and on WFSB-Channel 3’s online listing of closings.

Homework is always encouraged!  If you would like to share information about lesson plans that you are using, please share them on the Literacy Volunteers Tutors Facebook page:

Please stay safe!

Volunteers Needed for Family Literacy Center

The Family Literacy Center at the YWCA New Britain needs volunteers to work with children 6 months to 3 years of age on Wednesdays and Thursdays for 2 or more hours between 9:30 am and 1 pm through the end of the school year 2019-20.  Interested?  Contact Maria Simao at LVCC 860 229-7323 or

Volunteers Needed for CCFLC

Love of Literacy Annual Event 2020!

Please join us for the annual

Love of Literacy Fundraiser
in support of
Literacy Volunteers of Central CT, Inc.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Wine & Beer Tasting
6:00—8:30 P.M. , AquaTurf, Plantsville
Silent Auction & More!

Call 860-229-7323; Email; Fax 860-826-5191

Click here:  Love of Literacy Invitation 2020

Help us Provide Support to our Students and Tutors….Donate Now!

Dear Friend of Literacy,

Jim Slattery felt fortunate to be a comfortably retired teacher and administrator, but he felt something was missing. He knew he had more to give. Fortunately for us, he decided to be an LVCC volunteer tutor. 

Jim was paired up with Robert Wray, who came from Jamaica with his wife and children, five years ago.  He enrolled in New Britain Adult Education to improve his English, but knew he needed more help to pass the exam required for U.S. citizenship.  When Jim and Robert were matched, Robert had eight months to prepare for the citizenship exam interview.  

Jim says “Robert has been an inspiration to me.” While Jim and Robert worked diligently, Jim also learned all that Robert was doing to give his wife and children a better life.  Besides coming to class, Robert works 60 hours per week, makes sure to be a good husband and father, and takes care of the home that he has proudly saved for and bought in New Britain. Now, thanks to Jim and Robert’s great teamwork, Robert can check off another accomplishment—he is a U.S. citizen!

Jim comments that Robert is so grateful for all the help he has received, but Jim reminds him of all the hard work he has done to get to where he is—and Robert is not done. His new goals are to get his GED and improve his computer literacy so that he can get a better job.

Help us provide the support that allows teams like Jim and Robert to reach their goals. Be as generous as you can. The 100 people on our waiting list are counting on you.   To make a donation online or by postal mail please click here.

Sincerely yours,
Maria R. Simao
Executive Director

Fall 2019 Newsletter

Fall 2019

Family Literacy Registration

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The Family Literacy Program addresses the need for FREE GED and
ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes for adults while simultaneously providing a play and learn group for their children. Components of the program include adult education classes (GED & ESOL), Play and Learn literacy based playgroup for children, weekly parenting education programs, and weekly parent and child together activities. The program is a partnership with the New Britain YWCA and New Britain Adult Education.


To enroll one must be a mother with at least one child under age 8 and be a resident of New Britain. Classes are held at the YWCA, with limited space for FREE child-care for ages 6 months-2 years. Classes are 3 days a week between Monday and Thursday and meet from 9:00AM-2:00PM (schedule varies by day).


To register of for more information call Amina at 860-229-7323, or email


We are always looking for volunteers to assist in our Play & Learn Child-Care Program, 1 day per week, 3-5 hours.