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4 Reasons to Come to the Learning Center

Adult Basic Education Skills

  • Financial Literacy

  • Health Literacy

  • Consumer Literacy

  • Workplace Literacy


Learn English & American Customs

  • Learn the Alphabet

  • Workplace Literacy

  • Software for Spanish speakers


Volunteer as a Tutor

  • Volunteers needed in all areas

  • Training/Materials free of charge



C.E.F.S. Learning Center
1010 West Jefferson

Effingham, IL  62401

PHONE:  217-347-7033


The mission of the C.E.F.S. Literacy Program is to help adults and families meet their literacy goals in reading, writing, math, English, and life skills and to promote education and lifelong learning as the key to personal, economic, and social stability.

Adults 17 and older receive free tutoring services:

  • Reading (newspapers, product labels, letters from school, doctor’s instructions, street signs, recipes, etc.)

  • Writing (filling out job applications, completing forms)

  • Math (balancing bank accounts, counting money,  measuring, understanding bills)

  • Building skills to prepare for a high school equivalency test (GED, TASC, HiSET).

  • Learning English as a new language.  We’ve had learners from China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Poland, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, and more!


Trained volunteer tutors provide the instruction. 

Contact the C.E.F.S. Learning Center in Effingham if you are interested in receiving services or becoming a tutor.

 (217) 347-7033        

Break the chains of illiteracy

Become a volunteer adult literacy tutor

A high school diploma and one hour a week is all it takes to change a life, change a community.

1010 West Jefferson, Effingham
(217) 347-7033

Free materials, free training.

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

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