Providing pathways to a better life through literacy, education, workforce preparation, citizenship, and English language proficiency programs.

Literacy Zones are a statewide reform initiative funded by the New York State Education Department to close the achievement gap in communities characterized by significant poverty and that have high concentrations of families and individuals with limited literacy or English language proficiency.

Rochester Literacy Zone partners help adult learners in the greater Rochester gain the knowledge, skills, and support needed for economic self-sufficiency through:

  • Digital, family, financial, and health literacy
  • An array of adult education classes
  • Career training and employment assistance
  • Transitional and support services
  • Referrals
  • Case management

Many programs and services are provided free of charge. Financial aid may be available for programs that have an enrollment fee.


Call or visit one of the following Literacy Zone locations to connect with community resources that can get you started on a pathway to a better life:

Office of Adult & Career Education Services (OACES)
30 Hart Street, Rochester, NY 14605
(585) 467-7683


Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach
414 Lexington Avenue, Rochester, NY 14613
(585) 270-8626



Refugees Helping Refugees
259 Rutgers Street, Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 563-7747



The Community Place of Greater Rochester, Inc.
145 Parsells Avenue, Rochester, NY 14609
(585) 288-0021


Literacy Rochester
1600 South Avenue, Suite 100
Rochester, NY 14620
(585) 473-3030


Rochester Public Libraries
Literacy Navigators are located at Public Library locations throughout Rochester.