The Family Literacy Center provides tutoring for children and adults. Adults meet with FLC staff to exchange information and set goals. Trained volunteer tutors are then matched with adult learners. The student and tutor meet at flexible times and public locations, and their work is always based on the student’s goals.

Children in our after school tutoring program are referred to us by a school’s Learning Coach. The six-week sessions meet twice a week for an hour and a half. Parents must attend one or more of our family programs offered during the six week session. Trained volunteers are matched with students and a Family Literacy Center staff person is always on site to advise and supervise at the sessions.

Adult Literacy Program students should:

  1. Live or work in Lapeer County
  2. Be at least 17 years old
  3. Want to read better
  4. Agree to meet in a public place like our office or the library (No meeting in private homes)
  5. Be able to get to the tutoring site without assistance from the Family Literacy Center or the tutor
  6. Be able to attend to tasks for at least 30 minutes
  7. Be willing to attend weekly sessions of at least 1 hour per week year-round
  8. Demonstrate appropriate behavior at the initial interview, including appropriate personal hygiene, appropriate language and positive behavior patterns

We can help adults improve their English-speaking skills. Tutors work one-to-one or in small groups with ESL learners.

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, Spanish was the home language of 3.7 million ELL students in 2014–15, representing 77.1 percent of all ELL students and 7.6 percent of all public K–12 students. Arabic, Chinese, and Vietnamese were the next most common home languages (spoken by approximately 109,000, 104,000, and 85,300 students, respectively).

1 in 5 adults in the US do not have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED)

Are you interested in getting your GED? There are things you need to know, including:

  • We can help those in the Lapeer County area prepare for the test or refer them to someone who can help them
  • 1 in 5 adults in the United States do NOT have their GED
  • The new test is computer based
  • You can NEVER take the test ONLINE — this is a scam.  You can only take the test at an approved testing site
  • The GED test fee is $150 for all four subject areas, or $37.50 per test
  • We can help those in the Lapeer County area prepare for the test or refer them to someone who can help them
  • We have free drop in classes for math and writing

Many parents are not sure how to help their children succeed in school. With appropriate training and support, parents will become more involved in home learning activities and help their children succeed. The Family Literacy Center, in partnership with the Lapeer District Library, offers free tutoring to help your child succeed.

Parents and Children Together (PACT) is for first through fifth graders and a parent/caregiver. At this workshop, children and their parent or caregiver play fun reading games together, enjoy a story, snack and take home a free book! Siblings are welcome!

Our Reading Buddies program is a special tutoring program for kids who are not reading at grade level. We focus our efforts on kids in first through fourth grades, with priority given to kids in second and third grades. Specially trained volunteer tutors work with the kids one-to-one to build skills and confidence. They help develop a love of reading and learning in the children through their mentoring/tutoring relationship. This program is offered in partnership with local schools and libraries. The United Way of Lapeer County is a major funder for this program.

Our Ready, Set, Go! program is for families with 3 to 5 year-old children preparing for kindergarten. The program introduces children and parents to critical school readiness skills. During our one-hour program children and their caregiver participate in engaging and fun learning activities. Children are able to practice skills in a positive environment while gaining confidence in their abilities. They also receive a snack and get to take home a book at each session.

Is your child struggling in school? Make learning fun again with Tutoring Made Easy, and discover how your child learns best. Learn how to be more effective in working with your child. Topics include: learning styles, phonics, sight words, comprehension, and more. Participants receive a great resource book of strategies for teaching children of all ages.

Looking for ways to help keep your child busy, entertained, and learning all at the same time?  Thanks to our partnership with Great Start of Lapeer County and other funders, we are able to offer playgroups for families with young children. This program targets children from birth to age 5 and their parents.

In our playgroups, we facilitate learning and developmental activities while having fun. The program includes activities in a structured and predictable manner which helps develop critical skills for young children. The group meets once a week for six weeks; In each 90-minute session, children participate in a story-time, games, learn new skills, and enjoy a snack and social time with other children. Parents will have the chance to talk to other adults with same-age children.

Our Hot Topic workshops are free to attend and open to the public. Attendees must be 16 years or older. 

Beat Bullying – Has a child you know been bullied? Have you wondered what you could do to help them, but felt helpless? 

ADD: What Parents NEED to KnowHas your child been diagnosed with ADD? Would you like more information about ADD? At this workshop you will learn about the different types of ADD, the potential impact of having ADD, and information on medication and alternatives. The workshop includes an informative video by Dr. Daniel Amen. 

Frustration, Anxiety and Tension in Children – Is school a frustrating experience for your child? The Family Literacy Center will have information from Rick Lavoie. He will talk about understanding the frustration students feel in education when learning is challenging for them. This information pertains to all students and is great professional development for educators, childcare providers, and anyone that works with children. 

Motivation Breakthrough – Do you have a hard time getting your child to do homework or their chores? At this workshop you will learn six strategies to motivate and inspire your child without yelling, nagging or arguing.

Last One Picked, First One Picked On – In this workshop you will gain a better understanding of social skill deficit faced by some children and ways you can help your child succeed in social situations.

When the Chips Are Down… – Learn how to correct your child without lowering their self-esteem. Learn how self esteem affects learning and your child’s ability to succeed.