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Literacy Programs


How can I fulfill the DACA education requirement?

You can enroll in one of many low-cost adult education programs available to help you meet the education requirement for DACA if you are not currently in school, have not graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, or have not obtained a high school equivalency (HSE) certificate or general education development (GED) (now known as the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC)).

The following organizations provide low-cost adult education and English for Speakers of Other Languages courses:

Bronx

BronxWorks (Grand Concourse)
Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
(718) 508-3097
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean
www.bronxworks.org    

Bronx Community College
(718) 289-5838
http://www.bcc.cuny.edu/

HighBridge Community Life Center (Highbridge) 
Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm
Saturday 11:00am-7:00pm
(646) 393-9533
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, French 
www.highbridgelife.org

Hostos Community College
(718) 518-6840
http://www.hostos.cuny.edu/

Lehman College
(718) 960-8807
http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/

SoBRO (South Bronx)
Monday-Friday 9:00am-12:00pm & 6:00pm-9:00pm
(718) 732-7554
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
www.sobro.org

Brooklyn

Agudath Israel of America (Ditmas Park)
Monday-Thursday 9:30am-5:00pm
Languages spoken: Russian, Ukrainian, Georgian, Yiddish, Hebrew 
212-809-5935
www.aioacs.org

Brooklyn Chinese American Association (Sunset Park)
Monday-Friday 9:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:00pm
(718) 438-0008
Languages spoken: Chinese
www.bca.net

Brooklyn College (Midwood)
(718) 951-4117

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (Cypress Hills)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 6:00pm-9:00pm
(718) 715-8602
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
www.cypresshills.org

Edith and Cark Marks JCH of Bensonhurst (Bensonhurst)
Monday-Friday & Sunday 9:00am-10:00pm
(718) 943-6340
Languages spoken: English, Russian
www.jchb.org

Fifth Avenue Committee (Cobble Hill)
Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
(718) 624-3475
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
www.fifthavenuecommittee.org 

Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island (Coney Island)
Monday-Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm
Friday 9:00am-2:00pm
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Polish, Yiddish, Russian
www.jccgci.org

Kingsborough Community College (Brighton Beach)
(718) 368-4862

Medgar Evers College (Prospect Park)
(718) 804-8887
http://www.mec.cuny.edu/

New York City College of Technology (Brooklyn Heights)
(718) 552-1142
http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (Bushwick)
Monday-Thursday 12:30pm-8:30pm
Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, French, Estonian, Hungarian, Mandarin
www.obtjobs.org

Shorefront YM-YWHA  (Coney Island)
Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
(718) 891-0264
Languages spoken: English, Russian, Spanish, Urdu, Chinese
http://www.shorefronty.org/

St. Nicks Alliance (Bushwick)
Friday 9:00am- 5:00pm
(718) 302-2057
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Creole
718-302-2057 x 216
www.stnicksalliance.org

Make the Road New York (Bushwick)
Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
(718) 418-7690
Languages spoken: English, Spanish 
www.maketheroadny.org

Manhattan

Agudath Israel of America (Lower Manhattan)
Monday- Thursday 9:30am- 5:00pm
(212) 809-5935
Languages spoken: Russian, Ukrainian, Georgian, Yiddish, Hebrew 
212-809-5935
www.aioacs.org

Borough of Manhattan Community College
(212) 346-8890
www.bmcc.cuny.edu

Catholic Charities International Center of Archdiocese of NY (Lower Manhattan)
Monday-Thursday 10:00am-12:00pm & 12:30pm-2:00pm & 2:00pm-3:30pm
Friday 10:00am-12:00pm
(646) 794-3750
www.catholiccharitiesny.org

Children Arts & Science (Hudson Heights)
Monday-Thursday 4:00pm-6:30pm
(212) 933-7766
Languages spoken: Spanish
www.caswkids.org

Chinatown Manpower Project, Inc. (Chinatown) 
Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
(212) 571-1690
Languages spoken: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese
www.cmpny.org

Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. (Chinatown) 
Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
(212) 941-0041
Languages spoken: Cantonese, Mandarin, English
www.cpc-nyc.org

Indochina Sino-American community center (Lower East Side)
Monday-Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm
(212) 226-0317
Languages spoken: English, Chinese (Cantonese, Fujianese, Mandarin, Shanghai), Vietnamese 
http://www.isacc-ny.org

Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp (Washington Heights)
Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
(212) 453-5397
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
www.nmic.org

Riverside Language Program (Morningside Heights)
Monday-Friday 9:30am-3:30pm
Languages spoken: Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, French, Chinese
www.riversidelanguage.org

Union Settlement Association (East Harlem)
Monday-Thursday 9:00am-12:00pm
(212) 828-6298
Languages spoken: Spanish
www.unionsettlement.org

YMCA ELESAIR Project (Meatpacking District)
Monday-Thursday 10:00am-1:00pm & 6:00pm- 9:00pm
(212) 875-4345
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Filipino, Chinese, French
www.ymcaelesair.org

Queens

Make the Road New York (Jackson Heights)
Monday- Friday 9:30am- 7:30pm
(718) 565-8500
Languages spoken:  English, Spanish
www.maketheroadny.org

Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services Inc. (Astoria)
Monday- Friday 8:00am- 5:00pm
(718) 726- 9790
Languages spoken:  English, Spanish
www.ccbq.org

Central Queens Y (Central Queens)
Tuesday & Thursday 9:00am- 5:00pm & 6:00pm- 9:00pm
(718) 268-5011
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Mandarin, Russian
www.cqy.org 

HANAC (Several Locations)
Monday- Thursday 5:00pm- 8:30pm & 6:00pm- 9:00pm
(718) 396-5016
Languages spoken: Spanish, Greek
www.hanac.org

LaGuardia Community College (Long Island City)
(718) 730-7531
http://www.laguardia.cuny.edu/home/

Queensborough Community College (Bayside)
(718) 640- 9200
http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/

Queens Community House (Jackson Heights)
Monday-Thursday 9:00am-10:00pm
Friday 9:00am-3:00pm
718-898-7461
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Bengali, French, Creole, Polish, Korean, Hindi
www.qchnyc.wordpress.com

York College (Jamaica)
(718) 262-3851
https://www.york.cuny.edu/

YWCA of Queens (Several Locations)
Monday-Friday 9:00am-9:00pm
(718) 353-4553
Languages spoken: Chinese, Korean, Spanish
www.ywcaqueens.org

Staten Island

College of Staten Island at Merrill Avenue Campus
(718) 313-0851
http://www.csi.cuny.edu/

JCC of Staten Island (Several Locations)
Monday-Friday 8:30am-12:00pm & 5:30pm-9:00pm
Sunday 10:00am-1:00pm
(718) 508-3881
Languages spoken: Spanish, English
www.SIJCC.org