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.

Partner collaboration

We teamed up with Community HomeWorks for their monthly online series featuring agency partners and public officials to discuss various topics related to housing issues in Kalamazoo County. Listen in to our talk with CHW executive director Chris Praedel on how adult literacy intersects with housing. 

ProLiteracy webinar

Ideas from the Field: Navigation Strategies to Bridge the Digital Divide

Connecting adult learners to virtual services is challenging, especially when they don’t have the literacy, language, or digital skills to engage in services independently. Watch the video above to hear the strategies used by Kalamazoo Literacy Council to remove the barriers to virtual learning.

Michael Evans, executive director of Kalamazoo Literacy Council, explains how we established a laptop loaning program and implemented other supports to effectively connect ABE, ESL, and basic literacy learners to services. questions.

KLC in the media

June 15, 2021
Child Care Legislation Aims to Grow Access, Create Incentives for Industry
Governor Gretchen Whitmer and a group of bipartisan lawmakers held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to unveil a package of bills aimed at increasing access to child care services, particularly for working families.



March 26, 2021
Community Staffed, Community Served
“There is a demand for more childcare providers in Kalamazoo County and in the city of Kalamazoo,” said Rose Fetzer, KLC’s Adult Learning Services Navigator, “The program also provides learning opportunities. In the Edison neighborhood, we saw individuals who wanted to move into the ELP career path.”


March 22, 2021
State Programs Working to Address Shortage of Childcare Workers, Providers 
While work is being done on the state level to address these problems, local communities are also taking action. It’s one of the reasons the Edison Early Childhood Education Career Pathway was started. It’s a partnership between the Kalamazoo Literacy Council, Southwest Childcare Resources, and YWCA Kalamazoo to help people pursue a career in early childhood education. A major part of the program is a full-time, paid eight-month apprenticeship that will result in a childcare development associate credential.

March 8, 2021

Kalamazoo Opens First 24-hour Child Care Center in Edison Neighborhood
In partnership with Kalamazoo Literacy Council and Southwest Child Care Resource, the YWCA of Kalamazoo prepared to open a new expansion to their childcare program in the Edison Neighborhood.

February 8, 2021
Career Pathway Aims To Fill Shortage of Childcare Providers in Kalamazoo
The Edison Early Childhood Education Career Pathway program was created to fill a childcare shortage officials said became very apparent in specific neighborhoods throughout the city of Kalamazoo.

February 4, 2021
YWCA in Kalamazoo Creates Career Pathway to Staff 24-hour Childcare Center
This program partnership will create an employment pipeline in Kalamazoo County. Apprentices will train as early learning professionals at YWCA’s new Edison Children’s Center, on the lower level of The Creamery apartment building at the intersection of Portage and Lake streets in Kalamazoo’s Edison neighborhood.

February 1, 2021
Edison Early Childhood Education Career Pathway Press Release
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.



Check out these great articles featuring volunteer Jay Parsons, winner of the 2020 Volunteer Service Award. We are grateful for the continued support from our media partners at WWMT Channel 3. 

January 11, 2021 
Kalamazoo octogenarian wins outstanding volunteer service award 

January 22, 2021
Volunteering can boost mental physical health during Covid-19 pandemic 

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