The Adult Learning Center (ALC), under the auspices of CCEWD, addresses the literacy needs of the community funded by NJ State Department of Labor. ALC primarily serves clients in the urban areas of Essex County, including the City of Newark, providing English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), civics, computer literacy as well as instruction to individuals with low literacy skills and High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation. ALC serves a diverse population of refugees, immigrants, dislocated workers, unemployed individuals and Welfare to Work clients. Our mission is to provide adult learners with literacy instruction and skills necessary for employment, self-sufficiency, and career/educational advancement; to support the literacy development of their children and to assist them in becoming active participants in their communities. For educationally and economically disadvantaged families, adult education programs prove to be an effective and efficient approach that benefits parents and their ability to support the literacy development of their children.