About Us

Since 1967, Common Place Family Learning Center has worked on the center south side of Peoria, Illinois, to eliminate the root causes of poverty, racism, and injustice through education.
Adult Programs

  • Began in 1979. First adult literacy program in Peoria.
  • The average adult learner who enters Common Place’s literacy program has completed 8th grade but has a 4th grade reading level.
  • Over 4,000 adults have received help through one-on-one tutoring and small group classes for reading, writing, math and life skills.


Youth Programs

  • When children have parents with low reading levels, they are 5 to 6 times as likely to drop out of school before reaching a level that will enable them to function effectively in society.
  • Over 1,800 children have received after school homework help, and participated in enrichment programs.
  • Each year our Summer Camp serve 95 area low-income and educationally at-risk children ages 8 – 15 years.


Community Programs

  • Emergency Food Pantry – nearly 1,000 individuals served yearly.



Mission Statement

The mission of Common Place is to embrace diversity and improve lives through education and family support.

Vision Statement

To provide programs and services leading to a strong, caring community where all people are valued and have opportunity to succeed.

Core Values





Lifelong learning

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