1 in 8 adults in Kalamazoo County struggle to read.

These adults struggle to read to their children, fill out a job application or understand medical information. But you can make a difference in their lives and your community.

edison early childhood education career pathway

People who want a career in early childhood education now have a clear path to a good paying job thanks to an innovative program based in the Edison neighborhood. The Edison Early Childhood Education Career Pathway provides a sustainable career pathway that increases the availability of qualified Early Learning Professionals (ELPs) in Kalamazoo. The program expands access to childcare and early learning options for residents that lead to strong and resilient families through multi-generational learning approaches. 

The Edison ECE Career Pathway has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC). Program partners celebrated this milestone on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at The Dreamery at Edison, 1155 Portage St. Kalamazoo, 49001. For more details, contact [email protected] or click the button below. 

adult literacy research and training symposium

friday, december 10, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Fetzer Center, 2251 Business Ct., Kalamazoo, MI 49008 | In-person or virtual

This free, annual event is for anyone who is interested in supporting adult literacy – from experienced volunteer tutors and instructors to individuals who want to learn more about how they can serve this important cause, particularly during a time of hybrid learning. Enjoy dynamic sessions on Health Literacy, Workforce Literacy, Parent Literacy/Multigenerational Learning, English as a Second Language, Digital Literacy, and more. 
Presented in partnership with Western Michigan University and featuring a welcome address by Dr. Edward Montgomery. Click to see the day’s agenda and list of presenters or use the button below to register.  

KLC in the media

November 18, 2021
WMU formalizes partnership with Kalamazoo Literacy Council
Dr. Edward Montgomery will formally announce the partnership during his welcome address at the 2021 Adult Literacy Research and Training Symposium from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10, at the Fetzer Center and online. This free, annual symposium, “Fostering Leadership and Equity Through Adult Literacy,” facilitates cooperation between the academic research of best practices in adult literacy and community-based application of this knowledge.


August 30, 2021 
Kalamazoo Scrabble Fest returns to benefit adult literacy

The Kalamazoo Literacy Council will host the 10th Annual Kalamazoo Scrabble Fest to raise awareness of adult literacy. The festival plans to raise funds to expand basic literacy services for adults who struggle to read.

August 25, 2021
Kalamazoo Literacy Council combats low adult literacy in West Michigan
“All across the state, all across the country, we do find that there are adults who struggle to read and the term functional literacy really means reading at 0 to fourth grade level,” Michael Evans, the executive director of the Kalamazoo Literacy Council, said. “Most documents for adults struggling to read at that level, they may not be able to read it independently. So that might mean the mail you receive, the applications you need to fill out if you try to apply for a job — not being able to search those jobs and be able to see how you fit.”

July 21, 2021 
First in 47
Published by our partners at the Kalamazoo Promise, this article celebrates the appointment of Cyekeia Lee to KLC board president as well as our Parent Literacy Together program. 

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