Improving the Literacy Landscape of Houston


We serve 60 literacy provider organizations throughout the Greater Houston area. Find one near you! 

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Houston Center for Literacy advocates and raises awareness for public policies that strengthen the literacy landscape in Houston.

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Make a contribution to Houston's literacy today and help us build a stronger future for our city.

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Mission Statement

To advocate for the literacy needs of Houston and to support a network of literacy providers. 

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HCL acts as the Mayor's liaison to literacy programming in Houston by supporting the Mayor's Coalition for Literacy, an association of 60 organizations offering literacy services. We distribute the annual Mayor's Challenge Grant to accredited literacy organizations across the city. HCL provides professional development courses, classroom resources, best practices, and volunteer recruitment. Our demonstration learning centers are another way HCL supports literacy programs. While HCL is not a literacy provider in the traditional sense, we operate three full-time demonstration literacy centers - San Jose, Denver Harbor and Magnolia - in areas of Houston where the need is high. Our centers are not only free of charge for learners, but they are also open to literacy providers to learn best practices. Organizations interested in starting a literacy center can observe classes, get lesson plans, and gain access to supplies by making an appointment to visit one of our centers.


Another important aspect of HCL's mission is to engage the community. We accomplish this by raising awareness about the effects of low-literacy and advocating on the city, state, and national levels for policy change that will increase resources and funding for adult literacy. HCL is an active participant in literacy events across Greater Houston.


There are many ways HCL connects our community to literacy services. Houston Center for Literacy has given the United Way of Greater Houston special access to its literacy provider directory, expanding the citywide 2-1-1 HELPLINE's directory and its knowledge of literacy services in the Houston area. Additionally, HCL works with businesses around Houston to procure in-kind resources, such as computers, books, and office supplies for our member organizations. Further, we connect literacy providers to other organizations offering similar services, through our monthly provider meetings and e-communication.


24th Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee

Support literacy efforts in Houston by joining us at the 24th Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at River Oaks Country Club! This year's co-chairs are Lisa Langston and Claudia Vasquez.

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National Literacy Awareness Month

September is National Literacy Awareness Month! Click below for ways you can "pay your education forward" with our literacy tool kit!

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2014 Learner of the Year

Congratulations to our Learner of the Year Award (LOY) recipient Diana Secundino, a student at AAMA! As a LOY award recipient, Diana will receive a $1,500 scholarship to continue her studies. We're proud of her success and all that she's accomplished.