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The Literacy Cooperative offers a diverse menu of trainings for literacy practitioners, volunteer tutors, and other cross-sector professionals.


Public Education & Advocacy

Our public education and advocacy initiatives seek to bring broad attention to issues of access, quality and learner progression and transitions. Learn more.

Career Pathway Engagement

The Literacy Cooperative works with a team of adult educators with a common goal to serve the workforce and education needs of adults in Cuyahoga, Lorain, and Summit counties. Learn more.

Professional Excellence

The Literacy Cooperative offers a diverse menu of trainings for literacy practitioners, volunteer tutors, and other cross-sector professionals. Learn more.

2-Gen Community

We are working on a family-centered, highly positive service delivery mechanism that seeks to reorder traditional ways that programs serve families. It addresses some of the common issues faced by early education, adult literacy, and workforce development programs and the clients they serve. Learn more

Early Literacy Awareness

We are leading  a number of initiatives to raise awareness of the importance of early literacy and get books into the hands of all children. Learn more.

In The News

‘Every young child, in every city, every neighborhood’ in Cuyahoga County can now receive free books

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75,000 Cuyahoga kids can get free Imagination Library books in the mail starting next week

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The Literacy Cooperative Presents PIAAC Data on Adult Literacy and Numeracy – View that here

Be an educated Advocate – Get Involved!

Want to become a literacy advocate and help us raise awareness about the importance of literacy? Learn more.

About Us

The Literacy Cooperative is an umbrella organization that brings foundations, organizations and people together to find practical solutions to improve literacy. We are mobilizing Northeast Ohio resources to increase reading, math and digital literacy, beginning at birth, so our kids are performing at grade level throughout their educational journey.

Our support, coordination, and facilitation of adult literacy initiatives are creating pathways that lead to rewarding and life-sustaining careers.

We are sharing our research and introducing best practices and pilots that are innovative, interactive, and effective.

The Literacy Cooperative provides oversight and overall strategic coordination currently not being fulfilled by individual providers.

The Literacy Cooperative is uniquely qualified to maximize opportunities and provide the literacy leadership needed for real systemic change.



We are grateful for the generosity and support from our donors. Learn more.


Our mission is to work to advance literacy by raising awareness of the issue, promoting effective public advocacy, and fostering a delivery system with maximum impact on the region.


Our vision is to ensure that all children and adults in Greater Cleveland will reach their highest literacy potential for employment, self-sufficiency and lifelong-learning.


The Literacy Cooperative’s goal is a two-generational approach to address the literacy needs of under-educated, low-skilled parents, and their children to make sure both are prepared for employment, self-sufficiency and life-long learning. The Literacy Cooperative does this by supporting a system of high quality, interconnected and outcomes-oriented service delivery, improving early literacy outcomes, and defining and strengthening pathways to post-secondary education and careers.

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