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Welcome to Literacy New York

22% percent of New York State residents suffer needlessly from low literacy, severely limiting their quality of life and often leading to unemployment, poverty, health issues, and even incarceration.


We are here to help.

Literacy New York was founded on a vision and mission to serve adults and families most in need of literacy services.

Specifically, the Literacy New York mission is to increase the effectiveness of adult literacy practitioners and the capacity of programs so that adults, families, and communities reach their full potential.


Who We Are

Literacy New York's role is to:

  • Build the organizational capacity of adult literacy organizations by sharing expertise about funding and data management;
  • Offer state-of-the-art training for teachers, administrators, and volunteer tutors;
  • Advocate for adult literacy programs, particularly those that serve students with the most limited literacy skills and English language proficiency.

What We Do


The overarching vision that drives all of our work is that:

In New York State and beyond, innovative adult literacy programs collaborate to meet the literacy needs of adult students in their communities.

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News & Events

    Nov. 15th, 2021 4:00 pm
    Health Literacy

    As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the realization of the importance of health literacy continues to grow. An article in the American Family Physician defines health literacy as "the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health care decisions".

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    Nov. 4th, 2021 11:00 am
    English Language Learners Important in Job Market

    From our colleagues at COABE (Coalition on Adult Basic Education): "English language learners are important to the job market. Immigrants make up for the decline in the U.S.-born workforce as Baby Boomers retire. By 2030, it is estimated that nearly one in five U.S. workers will be an immigrant[i]. However, nearly 20 million adults have limited English proficiency.[ii] We must train and educate these adults by increasing their English language proficiency, improving their basic skills, and helping them achieve a high school diploma or equivalent, so that they are prepared to join and contribute to the future workforce."

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    Oct. 14th, 2021 2:00 pm
    Literacy New York Earns a "Give with Confidence" 100/100 Rating From Charity Navigator!

    We're excited to share some news! Literacy New York has been evaluated by Charity Navigator through their revolutionary Encompass Rating System and received a 100 out of 100 rating!

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40%of low-skilled Americans
have earnings in the bottom

fifth of the wage spectrum

On average, a
High School Graduate Lives 6 to 9yrs

longer than a dropout

In the last 30yrs
workers without a High School
Degree experienced an

18.5% decline in real earnings

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Resources and Stories

Immigrant and U.S.-Born Parents of Young and Elementary-School-Age Children

The Migration Policy Institute has released a report rich with data and analysis related to Immigrant and US-Born parents of young children, further underscoring the important work of programs supported by Literacy New York.

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Adult Literacy Statistics

Our colleagues at ProLiteracy have published their 2019-20 Annual Statistical Report, based on member surveys conducted within their adult literacy cohort.

ProLiteracy uses this valuable data to advocate nationally on behalf of its member organizations, and encourages programs to use the data for local advocacy, awareness, and fundraising efforts. Great information for the field!

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Janice Cuddahee Fund

Founded in September 2019, the Janice Cuddahee Fund honors the memory of a literacy advocate who enjoyed a long career with Literacy New York (LNY), culminating in her leading the organization as Executive Director. Janice Cuddahee's lifetime of service to LNY made our New York network the best in the nation. Janice was, as so many have said, a literacy warrior. She fought for literacy learners; she fought for the role of well-trained volunteers in adult education; she fought for NY State funding; and she fought for increased public awareness of low-level adult literacy in our state and across the nation. Sadly, we lost Janice to cancer in April, 2019.

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