Building and Strengthening Neighborhoods and People

Adult Learning Center

When adults learn to read and write, it changes their lives.

For more than 20 years, Strong City Baltimore’s Adult Learning Center has provided classes in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), as well as citizenship preparation to Baltimore residents, all at no cost. We are now the second-largest  citywide provider of basic skills training in ABE (reading, writing, and math) and ESOL.

Adults with language and math skills are more employable, more civically engaged, and more involved with their children’s education.

The ALC is a truly citywide program, where every year 600 adults – both native-born and immigrants – from every corner of Baltimore work to realize their potential as productive citizens. In a city where an estimated 123,000 adults do not have a high school diploma, and still more lack the basic literacy skills to succeed in life and work, the ALC is filling an urgent need.


The Adult Learning Center offers programs in three critical areas:

Adult Basic Education – instruction for individuals without a high-school diploma and those in need of basic skills training in reading, writing, and math

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) – English language instruction for non-native speakers

The Adult Learning Center is located at 3501 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. We are in the lower level of the University Baptist Church. Directions can be found here.

Other class sites are available. Interested individuals should call us at (410) 261-3524 for more information.

Additional Information

This program is supported by grant funding from Maryland Literacy Works and the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.