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Empowering People Through Literacy

How does Ulster Literacy help me?  We usually meet on Monday for the English class.  It usually takes 1.5 hours and Marie helps me after class too - to do other things to let me know more about the USA - she is like my mom and friend.

This program helped me to understand more when the people talk to me in my job and when I go to my son's conference with the teachers.

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How ULA can help you

Ulster Literacy Association (ULA) offers free tutoring to adults, 16 and older, looking to improve their English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

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Our learners are native speakers of the English language and those who are just learning English.

Tutoring is offered one-to-one and in small group settings by volunteers who have completed a 24-hour training course with ULA. Tutors provide instruction, support, and encouragement to our learners.

Learners and tutors working one-to-one typically meet once a week for at least an hour in a public space, such as the ULA offices in Kingston, a local library, church or diner.  ULA also offers the Literacy Center program for learners interested in learning in a small group.  Feel free to stop by.  There is no need to call ahead.

Getting started

Applying to be matched with a tutor is easy.  Please contact our office to set up an appointment.  We will ask you some questions about your background and schedule.  Then, we will also give you an informal reading assessment to find out where to start your lessons.

There are many Ulster County adults in need of our services.  So, once you have applied for a tutor, it may take some time for us to match you with a tutor.  Don't worry, there is someone out there ready to work with you.

If you or someone you know needs tutoring, contact our office at (845) 331-6837.

Ongoing free classes


Ulster Literacy Office
480 Aaron Court, Kingston
Everyday Math Monday 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

George Washington School
67 Wall Street, Kingston
English for Parents mornings Monday through Thursday 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Chambers Elementary School
945 Morton Boulevard, Kingston
English for Parents mornings Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Chambers Elementary School
945 Morton Boulevard, Kingston
English for Parents evenings Call for schedule

Saugerties Library
91 Washington Ave., Saugerties
English class mornings Tuesday and Thursday 9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Lenape SchoolDistrict Office
1 Eugene L. Brown drive, New Paltz
English for Parents mornings Monday and Wednesday 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who asks ULA for tutoring?

A: ULA's learners range in age from 16 to 80. About 54% are male, and 46% female.  Our learners are from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, with 33% white, 15% black, 25% Hispanic, 11% Asian, and 16% unknown.

Q: How long does it take an adult to learn to read in the ULA program?

A: It varies from person to person.  Some learners will need only six months to acquire reading skills.  Others will work hard for several years toward a High School Equivalency Diploma or to enter higher education.

Q: Where do learner referrals come from?

A: Referrals often come from other social service agencies in Ulster County.  The Department of Social Services, Golden Hill, Gateway Industries, Ulster BOCES, U.C. Mental Health Association, Ulster Association for Retarded Citizens, public libraries, and public schools.  Word of mouth, publicity, posters, and special ULA events also create an ever-growing adult learner roster.