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Holding Books
Mission Statement


The main goal of Literacy Plus is to provide for our learners’ emerging literacy needs through goal-directed, learner-centered tutoring. 
In addition, we support family learning through our Families for Literacy and Early Learning for Families programs, support the learning efforts of all participants by providing the best possible training for volunteer tutors, and help empower learners so they may accomplish their goals and realize their dreams.

Our Philosophy

Literacy Plus' philosophy is to help break the cycle of intergenerational illiteracy in the Hayward community for adults and children.

The program promotes reading and writing competency, provides a computer learning lab, recruits and trains volunteer tutors, supports community outreach and obtains general and financial resources as needed.​

Student Behind the Books
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Our History

The Literacy Plus Program is a nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation that was initiated by the staff of the Hayward Public Library in 1985. The early program focused on illiterate adults, but other services for children have been added, as tutors and staff became available and as other literacy needs have been assessed​.

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