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.
- 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.
- 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 enrichment programs for grades K – 12.
- Each year our Summer Work Study Programs serve 95 area low-income and educationally at-risk children ages 8 – 15 years. Summer Tutoring is provided for grades K – 12.
- Emergency Food Pantry – nearly 1,000 individuals served yearly.
The mission of Common Place is to embrace diversity and improve lives through education and family support.
To provide programs and services leading to a strong, caring community where all people are valued and have opportunity to succeed.