Language & Literacy Education

Programs that provide reading and writing instruction for individuals of all ages who are unable to read or write at a functional level. Some programs interpret literacy more broadly and also help people develop speaking, computation and problem solving skills with the objective of ensuring that they develop levels of proficiency they will need to become self sufficient and function well in society. (AIRS LR 4500) Included are English as a Second Language and other similar language-specific programs.

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American Falls, ID

827 Fort Hall Ave., Rooms 5 and 6
American Falls, ID 83211
Phone: 208-282-2468
Organization Name: Idaho Division of Professional Technical Education
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Address:
827 Fort Hall Ave., Rooms 5 and 6
American Falls, ID 83211
Phone: 208-282-2468
Eligibility: Ages 16 and over
Services Provided: *Provide basic educational services to persons 16 years of age and older, and out of public school, including GED preparation and testing, literacy services and ESL (English as Second Language) instruction. There are fees for GED testing and certain other services, but most are free of charge. Individual tutors are sometimes available, but not guaranteed.
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 1/9/2020

Blackfoot, ID

Organization Name: Idaho State University
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Address:
625 W. Pacific Street, Suite 9
Blackfoot, ID 83221
Phone: 208-785-1848
Fax: 208-785-2065
Eligibility: Contact for specific information.
Services Provided: *Provide basic educational services to persons 16 years of age and older, and out of public school, including GED preparation and testing, literacy services and ESL (English as Second Language) instruction. They also offer career counseling and COMPASS testing. These services can help people to get a job, keep a job, or get a better one.

There are fees for testing and certain other services, but most are free of charge.

*The Adult Basic Education Program is administered by the Idaho Division of Professional Technical Education.
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 1/9/2020
Organization Name: Community Council of Idaho
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Address:
745 W Bridge
Ste. H
Blackfoot, ID 83221
Phone: 208-785-6390
Fax: 208-782-0904
Eligibility: Contact for specific information.
Services Provided: * National Council of La Raza Affiliate *
Job placements or job training for people with agricultural related experience. Provide services to low income seasonal/migrant individuals and families employed with raw agricultural products. Bilingual aids education, financial assistance, rental emergency, food, Head Start, GED program, scholarships for low income individuals. Job search and short term training assistance.
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 5/1/2019

Boise, ID

Organization Name: JANNUS
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Address:
1614 W Jefferson St
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-338-0033
Fax: 208-338-9950
Eligibility: Contact for specific information.
Services Provided: Agency for New Americans (ANA) provides the education and skills necessary for refugees to become self-sufficient. Newly arrived refugees who have fled their homeland and are unable to return due to fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, or membership in a particular social group or political opinion. can receive employment, case management, and training services
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 10/30/2018
Organization Name: Health & Welfare, Division Family & Community Services
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Address:
1720 Westgate Dr
Suite A2
Boise, ID 83704
Phone: 208-334-0879
Fax: 208-334-0952
Eligibility: The Council serves as an advocate for all Idahoans who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Services Provided: The Council provides direct services and is involved in public and private sector programs and policies as they relate to persons with hearing impairments. The Council's goal is to improve the quality of life for Idahoans who are deaf or hard of hearing by providing services such as newsletters, brochures, workshops on communication access, information and referral, advocacy, assistive device demonstration centers and workshops, and by coordinating and advocating for increases in services and access to services provided by other agencies. The Council serves as a resource for other state agencies regarding the needs of persons with hearing impairments and how to meet those needs.

The Council provides demonstration and loan of assistive devices for people who are deaf or hard of hearing through demonstration centers throughout Idaho. There are 7 centers located in Moscow, Boise, Twin Falls, Idaho State University, Caldwell, Coeur D'Alene and Idaho Falls. The Council has a small grant program administered by United Cerebral Palsy to help people purchase assistive devices. Application can be made at the demonstration and loan centers.

Numerous brochures are available from the Council on the requirements of the ADA Act for public and private agencies to provide reasonable accommodations and communication access for Idahoans who are deaf or hard of hearing; a statewide directory of sign language and oral interpreters; Help and Hope, a Resource Guide for Parents of a Child with a Hearing Loss; Opportunity, a newsletter published quarterly.

Find a sign language interpreter, go online to: http://www.cdhh.idaho.gov/interpreting_services.htm
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 1/9/2020
2323 S Vista Avenue
Boise, ID 83705
Phone: 208-338-2696
Organization Name: JANNUS
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Address:
2323 S Vista Avenue
Boise, ID 83705
Phone: 208-338-2696
Eligibility: Foreign-born/ refugee
Services Provided: The English Language Center offers classes in English language, American Culture Orientations, and Computer Literacy. The core daytime classes consist of several levels including: Literacy, Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, and a class for refugee elders. Instruction in the classroom is structured around current research in adult language acquisition. The curriculum is derived from a joint effort between staff and participants. Methodology focuses on projects involving the language rather than lessons isolating grammar and vocabulary. Language is "discovered" as projects progress. Structured forms are presented according to relevance to the project. Topics generally focus on life skills, with the development of employability skills given special consideration. Competency in computer literacy is developed in the computer lab.
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 10/30/2018
1607 W Jefferson St
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-336-4222
Organization Name: JANNUS
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Address:
1607 W Jefferson St
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-336-4222
Fax: 208-331-0267
Eligibility: Contact for specific information.
Services Provided: The Idaho Office for Refugees (IOR) promotes mutual understanding between refugees and the larger community by sharing information, encouraging social interaction and developing opportunities for refugees to participate in all aspects of community life. The IOR has statewide responsibility for assistance and services to refugees. The IOR is a private sector initiative, replacing the traditional state-administered program for refugee assistance and services. Under agreement with the federal office of Refugee Resettlement, the IOR eases the difficult transition refugees experience as they adjust to life in the US. Our nation's interest in offering refuge and safe haven to persecuted people informs and guides the work of the IOR with local service partners. Refugees arrive in Idaho from many areas of the world, forced to flee their native lands because of persecution on account of their beliefs, opinions or ethnic heritage. Once new arriving refugees are resettled, the IOR provides assistance and services designed to help these new Americans become integrated into their communities as productive, contributing members of society. The IOR supports, through contracts and cooperative agreements: the provision of interim financial assistance, English language training, employment services, immigration assistance, language assistance, and case management and social adjustment services.
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 10/30/2018
Address:
1607 W Jefferson St
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-336-5533
Fax: 208-336-0880
Eligibility: Contact for specific information.
Services Provided: Jannus, Inc., formerly known as Mountain States Group, Inc., is a diverse nonprofit organization that brings people and programs together to change lives, advance public policy and promote positive transitions for individuals, families and communities. Jannus houses more than 20 different programs under its umbrella. These programs help people at every stage of their lives to be healthy, happy and economically stable.  Jannus works in the areas of health, public policy and economic development. Programs to promote Community Health include: Early Head Start, Foster Grandparents, and Friends in Action/Legacy Corps, Honoring Choices Idaho, the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, Idaho Office of Consumer & Family Affairs, PEER Specialist Training, Nutrition Works, PATH Peer Specialist Services, and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. To advance Public Policy, Jannus operates the Idaho Afterschool Network, Idaho Area health Education Center, the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy and Idaho Voices for Children. To foster Economic Opportunities in Idaho, Jannus supports the Agency for New Americans, the English Language Center, Global Gardens, Global Talent Idaho, the Idaho Office of Refugees, Meta (Microenterprise Training & Assistance), NINO (New Investment New Opportunities) Refugee Child Care, and the Women’s Business Center.
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 4/17/2020

Bonners Ferry, ID

6791 Main St
Suite B
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
Phone: 208-267-3878
Organization Name: Idaho Division of Professional Technical Education
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Address:
6791 Main St
Suite B
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
Phone: 208-267-3878
Eligibility: Contact for specific information.
Services Provided: Adult Basic Education is a program for individuals 16 years of age or older who have withdrawn from school. It also serves adults who have graduated but still have a desire to upgrade their basic skills. Tuition is at no cost, and most learning supplies are provided.

The ABE program is designed to be "open entry", "open exit" which allows students to progress at their own pace and receive individual help. The program offers individual instruction in a lab setting. Classes focus on beginning reading, reading comprehension, spelling, English as a second language, Math and writing skills.
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 1/8/2020

Caldwell, ID

Organization Name: Community Council of Idaho
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Address:
317 Happy Day Blvd
Suite 200
Caldwell, ID 83607
Phone: 208-454-1652
Eligibility: Contact for specific information.
Services Provided:

* National Council of La Raza Affiliate * Food Bank. Tue. - Fri. 8:30- 4:00 Must call for Appointment.
Job placements or job training for people with agricultural related experience. Provide services to low income seasonal/migrant individuals and families employed with raw agricultural products, at risk youth counseling, English as second language (improving job skills for H & W clients), Bilingual aids education, financial assistance, rental emergency, food, Head Start, scholarships for low income individuals. Will help with transportation costs (ie bus tickets in emergency)

Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 8/28/2020

Garden City, ID

308 E 36th St
Garden City, ID 83714
Phone: 208-344-1335
Address:
308 E 36th St
Garden City, ID 83714
Phone: 208-344-1335
Fax: 208-344-1171
Email: info@learninglabinc.org
Eligibility: Adults age 18 and over; Families with adults needing literacy classes who have children ages 0 months to 6 years.
Services Provided: Learning Lab provides literacy classes for adults and families. Adults can work to improve reading, writing, math, English language skills, or earn a GED. Curriculum is individualized, based on student needs and goals. Classes include educator and volunteer tutor assistance and interactive computer programs. Children enrolled with their parents in the family literacy program work on age-appropriate, school readiness skills in either the infant-toddler classroom or the preschool.

Morning, afternoon, and evening classes are available. Call for more information.
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 1/9/2020

Idaho Falls, ID

Organization Name: Community Council of Idaho
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Address:
1349 S Hones Ave
Idaho Falls, ID 83404
Phone: 208-524-0980
Eligibility: Contact for specific information.
Services Provided: * National Council of La Raza Affiliate *
Job placements or job training for people with agricultural related experience. Provide services to low income seasonal/migrant individuals and families employed with raw agricultural products, at risk youth counseling, English as second language (improving job skills for H & W clients), Bilingual aids education, financial assistance, rental emergency, food, Head Start, scholarships for low income individuals. Will help with transportation costs (ie bus tickets in emergency)
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 10/30/2018
Organization Name: College of Eastern Idaho
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Address:
1600 S 25th E
Idaho Falls, ID 83404
Phone: 208-535-5386
Fax: 208-542-1707
Email: ccr@cei.edu
Eligibility: 16 or older and not enrolled in school
Services Provided:

***NO CLASSES OFFERED IN THE SUMMER - ONLY DURING SCHOOL YEAR***

*Provide basic educational services to persons 16 years of age and older, and out of public school, including GED preparation and testing, literacy services and ESL (English as Second Language) instruction. There are fees for GED testing and certain other services, but most are free of charge.

*The Adult Basic Education Program is administered by the Idaho Department of Education.

Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 10/13/2020

Kellogg, ID

Address:
323 Main St
Kellogg, ID 83837
Phone: 208-783-1254
Eligibility: Contact for specific information.
Services Provided: Basic Skills Instruction
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 1/8/2020

Lewiston, ID

Clearwater Hall, 400 Main Street
Lewiston, ID 83501
Phone: 866-527-2238
Organization Name: Lewis-Clark State College
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Address:
Clearwater Hall, 400 Main Street
Lewiston, ID 83501
Phone: 866-527-2238
Email: adultlearningcenter@lcsc.edu
Eligibility: 16 or older and not enrolled in school.
Services Provided:

ABE is a basic skills program for adults 16 years-of-age and older who are not currently enrolled in high school.  In addition, we serve adults who have graduated from high school and wish to brush up their reading, writing, or math skills so they can transition into college or the workforce.  All new students attend an orientation session that covers program expectations and provides assessments.

Each student's course of study is framed by an educational plan based on the unique needs of the student.  ABE offers structured classes at various levels of reading, writing, and math.  Our students have the option of online instruction as well.

ABE can help you:

  • Improve math, reading, and writing skills.
  • Prepare for college.
  • Prepare for and pass the GED.
  • Become digitally literate.
  • Learn to speak English (for non-native learners).
  • Prepare for U.S. Citizenship.
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 8/25/2020

Mccall, ID

Organization Name: Libraries, State of Idaho
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Address:
218 E Park St
Mccall, ID 83638-0848
Phone: 208-634-5522
Eligibility: Contact for specific information.
Services Provided: Library. Fees for internet access. English as a 2nd language and Spanish classes available.
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 12/19/2019

Moscow, ID

Address:
121 W Sweet Ave
Moscow, ID 83843
Phone: 208-885-6000
Fax: 208-885-6188
Eligibility: There are no eligibility requirements.
Services Provided:

The CDHD currently operates a variety of independent grant programs and carries out training, services, technical assistance, research and dissemination activities across the state and nation. To meet its goals the CDHD engages in exemplary activities across five areas:

  • Interdisciplinary training and preparation of students and fellows for employment in leadership and direct service positions.
  • Direct Services and demonstration projects which include family and individual support, personal assistance services and infant monitoring.
  • Community training and technical assistance, which is incorporated into all CDHD
    projects and focused on activities with individuals with development disabilities,
    families, professionals, paraprofessionals, policy makers, students and volunteers.
  • Research and validation of new ideas and promising practices and contributions
    to the development of new knowledge in the field of developmental disabilities.
  • Dissemination of information and research findings to individuals with development disabilities, families, professionals, paraprofessionals, policy makers, students and volunteers.
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 10/19/2020

Nampa, ID

2407 Caldwell Blvd
MS 3000, PO Box 3010, Nampa, ID 83653
Nampa, ID 83651
Phone: 208-562-3000
Organization Name: College of Western Idaho
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Address:
2407 Caldwell Blvd
MS 3000, PO Box 3010, Nampa, ID 83653
Nampa, ID 83651
Phone: 208-562-3000
Fax: 888-562-3216
Eligibility: Adults 16 years and older not currently enrolled in public school
Services Provided: Basic Skills Education services include:
-Basic English and Math Skills Improvement
-English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Second Language Career Pathways
-GED Preparation
-College Preparation

All services offered free of charge.
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 1/17/2020
5500 E Opportunity Dr
PO Box 3010, Nampa, ID 83653
Nampa, ID 83687
Phone: 208-562-3000
Organization Name: College of Western Idaho
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Address:
5500 E Opportunity Dr
PO Box 3010, Nampa, ID 83653
Nampa, ID 83687
Phone: 208-562-3000
Fax: 888-562-3216
Eligibility: Contact for specific information.
Services Provided: CWI offers:

Two-year degrees (Associate degrees)
Transferable degrees ( for students transferring to four-year colleges or universities)
Credit and non-credit vocational and occupational training
Certificate courses
Adult basic education
Small business development assistance
English as a second language
Developmental/Remedial coursework
Non-credit community and continuing education
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 1/17/2020
923 W Horizon Way
Nampa, ID 83686
Phone: 208-249-1417
Address:
923 W Horizon Way
Nampa, ID 83686
Phone: 208-249-1417
Eligibility: Available to all
Services Provided: The mission of the Treasure Valley Reading Foundation is to assure that all children learn to read early and well by encouraging families and caring adults to read aloud with children 20 minutes a day from birth. Additionally, the Foundation provides free books, information and resources so all children grow up in a literacy rich environment. Families and the community are the foundation of this reading effort.
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 10/30/2018

Pocatello, ID

777 Memorial Drive, Building 48, Room 374
Third Floor
Pocatello, ID 83209
Phone: 208-282-2468
Organization Name: Idaho State University
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Address:
777 Memorial Drive, Building 48, Room 374
Third Floor
Pocatello, ID 83209
Phone: 208-282-2468
Fax: 208-282-4440
Eligibility: 16 or older and not enrolled in school.
Services Provided: *Provide basic educational services to persons 16 years of age and older, and no longer attending a K-12 program, including GED preparation and testing, literacy services and ESL (English as Second Language) instruction. There are fees for GED testing and certain other services, but most are free of charge. Individual tutors are sometimes available, but not guaranteed.

*The Adult Basic Education Program is administered by the Idaho Department of Education.
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 1/9/2020

Sandpoint, ID

Organization Name: Idaho Division of Professional Technical Education
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Address:
515 Pine Street
Room 201
Sandpoint, ID 83864
Phone: 208-665-2796
Services Provided: *Provide basic educational services to persons 16 years of age and older, and out of public school, including GED preparation and testing, literacy services and ESL (English as Second Language) instruction. There are fees for GED testing and certain other services, but most are free of charge. Individual tutors are sometimes available, but not guaranteed.

*The Adult Basic Education Program is administered by the Idaho Professional Technical Eduation Department.
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 1/8/2020

Shelley, ID

180 South Holmes
Shelley, ID 83274
Phone: 208-881-5106
Address:
180 South Holmes
Shelley, ID 83274
Phone: 208-881-5106
Eligibility: Resident of North Bingham County, and must meet federal poverty guidelines.
Services Provided: Food Bank and Thrift shop. Food is available weekly to residents of North Bingham County meeting the federal poverty guidelines.
ESL Classes for Free.
Senior Insurance Counseling.
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 3/15/2019

Twin Falls, ID

Student Success Center, Meyerhoeffer Building 2nd Floor, 315 Falls Ave
Twin Falls, ID 83301-3389
Phone: 208-732-6534
Organization Name: College of Southern Idaho
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Address:
Student Success Center, Meyerhoeffer Building 2nd Floor, 315 Falls Ave
Twin Falls, ID 83301-3389
Phone: 208-732-6534
Toll Free Phone: 800-680-0274 x6534
Fax: 208-736-3029
Eligibility: 16 or older and not enrolled in school
Services Provided: The Adult Basic Education program provides services at the main campus in Twin Falls as well as at the CSI off-campus sites. Classes are available in various other locations throughout the eight counties of South Central Idaho region. Services include instruction in basic skills: reading, writing, and math, and English Language Acquisition (ELA).
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 2/21/2020
Organization Name: Community Council of Idaho
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Address:
1139 Falls Ave E
Suite B
Twin Falls, ID 83301
Phone: 208-734-3336
Fax: 208-734-8993
Eligibility: Contact for specific information
Services Provided: * National Council of La Raza Affiliate *
Job placements or job training for people with agricultural related experience. Provide services to low income seasonal/migrant individuals and families employed with raw agricultural products, at risk youth counseling, English as second language (improving job skills for H & W clients), Bilingual aids education, financial assistance, rental emergency, food, Head Start, scholarships for low income individuals. Will help with transportation costs (ie bus tickets in emergency)

Colonia de Colores - Farm labor housing facility for low income people.
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 5/1/2019

Weiser, ID

240 East Main St
Weiser, ID 83672
Phone: 208-414-1330
Organization Name: Dave Ramsey
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Address:
240 East Main St
Weiser, ID 83672
Phone: 208-414-1330
Fax: 208-414-1330
Eligibility: Anyone is welcome
Services Provided: Financial Peace University is a dvd-based curriculum taught by Dave Ramsey (www.daveramsey.com). It emphasizes the need to live debt free, to budget, to save, to accumulate wealth and to give. It is a 13-week class that is offered one or two times per year based on the needs in the community.
These are the main topics taught during the 13 lessons:
1. Super Savers teaches the importance of saving money and how to get the best return on your money.
2. Cash Flow Planning will teach us step-by-step how to put together a zero-based monthly budget and walk through how to complete all of the financial management forms with samples included.
3. Relating with Money is about the importance of working together in relationships and how we handle money.
4. Buying Only Big, Big Bargains teaches us Dave's personal techniques on how to negotiate and get the very best deals when buying something.
5. Dumping Debt teaches how to get out of debt and stay out of debt.
6. Understanding Investments teaches the difference between stocks, bonds, mutual funds, CDs, annuities, and where we can get the very best return on our hard-earned money.
7. Understanding Insurance will help us learn the types of coverage we need when it comes to health insurance, homeowner and car insurance, life insurance, and disability insurance.
8. Retirement and College Planning teaches about the new Roth IRA, how much to put into the SEPP and 401(k) or 403(b) plans and how to best fund your child's college education.
9. Buyer Beware warns us about how we are being marketed to and teaches us the keys to developing the power over purchases.
10. Real Estate and Mortgages will teach us the best way to BUY and SELL a house and the difference between a 15- and 30-year mortgage, plus the best ways to finance a home.
11. Careers and Extra Jobs teaches the importance of doing with our life that which we love.
12. Collection Practice and Credit Bureaus teaches us how to check and clean up our credit report and deal with collection agencies.
13. The Great Misunderstanding will teach us the importance of being good managers over the blessings we have been given and to share them.
Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 10/30/2018