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Please help First Literacy by supporting our 31st Annual Corporate Spelling Bee!

Professional Development Workshops

We provide free professional development to support dedicated teachers as they learn and grow as professionals.

First Literacy Lab Grants

We offer flexible funding for the testing and implementation of innovative ideas in Adult Basic Education.

Scholarships for Adult Learners

We provide scholarships for adult learners attending college.


First Literacy creates life-changing educational opportunities for adults throughout Massachusetts.

Through our program grants, free teacher workshops, and student scholarships, First Literacy reaches approximately 5000 adult learners and 250 teachers in 150 programs across Massachusetts every year.

Adult literacy yields better economic outcomes and can improve job opportunities, family relationships, children’s education, health issues, and general quality of life. The adult learners impacted by our work come from a wide variety of backgrounds and often face numerous hurdles, but they are united in their desire to improve their lives and those of their children through education — watch the video.

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