Literacy Services: Project READ

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Project READ provides free tutoring to adult learners who seek to improve their reading, writing, math, and/or English as a Second Language skills.

Ask about Free Tutoring!

Tutors work with learners in public locations such as libraries, churches, and Adult Basic Education classrooms. Most popular are the free drop-in tutoring sites offered in Champaign, Urbana, and the surrounding area each week:

  • Mondays 9:30–11:30am @ the Urbana Free Library
  • Wednesdays 12:30–2:30pm @ Parkland College room C134
  • Thursdays 6–8pm @ the Wesley Food Pantry, Green & Goodwin, Urbana (including childcare)*
  • Fridays 9:30–11:30am @ the Champaign Public Library

*The Project READ tutoring site at the Wesley Food Pantry on Thursday evenings provides childcare facilities and trained childcare staff!  Parents who would like childcare MUST request this at least 2 days IN ADVANCE. Parents must sign up each week.  The sign-up will close when all childcare slots are full. 

Call or email Project READ at 217/353-2662 or if you have questions about tutoring services or Thursday evening childcare.

Become a Project READ Volunteer Tutor!

Volunteers are needed throughout the Parkland College district. All Project READ tutors complete a minimum of 14 hours of formal training to earn certification in Adult Learning. Training for new tutors is a combination of online lessons through the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, face-to-face training, and classroom observation. We offer face-to-face training sessions at least once a month. Sign up for an “Intro to Tutoring” on our Sign-up page.

Ready to apply? Click here to start your application.

For more information about finding a tutor or to become a volunteer tutor, email us at or call 217/353-2662.

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Project READ is funded by the Illinois State Library.