Adult Learning

“Without Common Place to guide me or ‘be there’ when my children have struggled in school, I don’t know what I’d do.  I rely on the After School Youth Program for my kids and the Adult Literacy Program support for myself.  My goal is to earn my GED and make certain that my children graduate!” 

Walking to Common Place is a daily ritual for three middle school and high school young people.  Parented by a mother who also routinely attends Common Place programs, these three siblings never seem to miss a Common Place program.  In addition, this single mother of three makes certain that her students are prepared to succeed. Mom not only participates in our every Friday Afternoon Pantry, she arrives early to help set up for the day and to serve. Similarly, her students are hard workers and when given a task fulfill their obligations. Though this family faces many challenges on a daily basis with medical care, nutritional food to eat, and several ongoing challenges in schooling and with personal issues, Mom relies on Common Place when facing the unknown. After completion of the Common Place “Next Steps” Program, this mother found part-time employment at which she excels. Her work ethic is well known at her place of employment and her willingness to continue learning is stellar. “Without Common Place to guide me or to be there when my children have struggled, I don’t know what I’d do. I rely on the After School Youth Program for my kids and the Adult Literacy Program support for myself. My goal is to earn my GED and make certain that my children graduate!”


Can you imagine how you’d feel if you couldn’t read:

To your child or help him/her with homework?
Street signs or maps?
Job ads or job application forms?
Directions on labels?

Today, scores of non-readers from the more than 45,000 adults with literacy challenges in the Peoria area are learning to read at COMMON PLACE, thus increasing their changes for a job or improved quality of life.
Various opportunities are available to help adults learn:

  • Adult reading and writing classes with an individual tutor or in small groups
  • Math classes
  • Pre-GED Study
  • Supplemental computer-assisted instruction
  • Peoria Reads! and other special interest activities


You can help one person change his or her life by teaching that person how to read! Tutors are provided with an initial training workshop and later in-service training events. Students and tutors meet twice each week for about 1 to 1-1/2 hours each time. Classes are scheduled at the convenience of tutor and adult learner. Consultation with staff is provided on the best method and materials to use. A large selection of materials is on hand. Many learners and tutors meet at COMMON PLACE, but some meet in other churches and libraries around Peoria. In addition to 1-on-1 learning, COMMON PLACE provides small group and other learning opportunities.

Please call us COMMON PLACE 674-3315, to volunteer! Or if you would prefer to make a donation to help support this life-changing program, your tax-deductible gift will be gratefully received.

“This project was made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy.”

5 thoughts on “Adult Learning”

  1. I was wondering if you guys had a financial literacy class for adults. It’s court ordered that I take the class.Im going through dcfs to get my daughter back.How long is the class

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