Moore County Literacy Council

Program Services

Moore County Literacy Council (MCLC) provides free literacy tutoring to adult individuals from Moore County in the following areas:

1 – Motheread/Fatheread® Program:   Tutors use children’s books, adult poems, and narratives to teach family literacy skills and habits to parents and caregivers of children age 0-5, with an emphasis on developing and strengthening all four areas of literacy: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Tutors strive to  reinforce the goal of parents reading with their babies and young children as early and as often as possible for healthy brain development.   

2 – One-to-One Tutoring for Adults:  Tutors work one-on-one with adults in one or more of the following student-centered goal areas…

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE) ~ basic reading, writing and/or math skills.
  • Adult Goal Based Education (AGBE) ~ based on individual’s personal goals, which may include GED preparation, real life skills, citizenship preparation, job related goals, etc.
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) ~  improve English language reading, writing and conversation skills.

3 – Read Moore Academy:  Tutors provide a summer day camp experience combined with an intensive reading program and STEAM activities designed to prevent the “summer slide” for rising first-, second-, and third-graders.  Enrollment is by invitation from classroom teachers.

4 – Rotary Club School Reading Initiative:  Tutors assist school-age students in select Moore County primary and elementary school classrooms with improving their reading level.


If you are a Moore County resident, who needs/wants to improve your reading and writing skills or English language skills to succeed in daily life, you are eligible for our services.  We assess each student’s ability and goals and create a learning plan designed to help each student succeed. We train volunteer tutors, who are matched with students according to schedules and expressed needs, and we supervise and assess their work together.

Sign-up / Referral

Please contact us at (910) 692-5954 or fill out our contact form and we will respond promptly.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q:  Who does the Moore County Literacy Council serve?
A:  If you are a Moore County adult, who needs to improve your English language reading and writing skills or English language skills to succeed in daily life, you are eligible for our services. Please contact us at (910) 692-5954 or fill out our contact form, and we will respond promptly.

Q:  Aren’t literacy programs only for people who can’t read?
A:  No. English literacy is defined “an individual’s ability to read, write and speak in English and the ability to solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society, to achieve one’s goals, and develop one’s knowledge and potential.”

Q:  How is the Moore County Literacy Council funded?
A:  Historically, almost 80% of our funding comes from grants (largest are United Way and Moore County) and local citizen donations. We also receive a significant amount of funding from our annual major fundraiser.  For more information on our MCLC donor profile Click HERE.

We also provide a computer lab, available to anyone at any time our Read Moore Center is open. All students spend at least six hours in the computer lab prior to being matched with a tutor, and many students continue to benefit from the excellent educational software in our library.  Students whose schedules do not allow them to commit to regularly scheduled weekly tutoring sessions are welcomed to use the computer lab as their sole educational resource.

All educational programs are free, and student/tutor pairs meet in a variety of sites throughout the county, including Aberdeen, Carthage, Robbins, Southern Pines, Vass and West End.