The New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC) was established in 1994 through an inter-state agreement signed by the governors of the six New England states. The mission of the NELRC is to strengthen adult literacy services in our region through sharing and collaboration among professional development providers, practitioners and policy-makers. Subscribe to our mailing list to stay up to date on the latest news.

NELRC Membership



Customized regional professional development, from webinars to intensive initiatives, based on NELRC board priorities.


Cross-state collaboration and sharing about practice and policy through board meetings and exchanges among professional developers.


Priority access to opportunities to pilot World Education products and services; special discounts for selected World Education offerings.


Participation in special New England projects, such as the non-partisan VERA  initiative to educate and engage adult student voters.

Free professional development workshop for your state, chosen from a menu of 20+ workshop topics.

Inclusion in trusted network of 20+ literacy experts

Statewide online access to The Change Agent magazine, teaching resources, and archives for all adult educators in your state.

Inclusion in innovative collaborations, developed for the region, and for which World Education raises funds.

Affiliated State Resource Centers


The work of NELRC is informed by and coordinated with the professional development providers of its member states.


The Adult Training and Development Network (ATDN) provides comprehensive in-person and online training opportunities and resources for adult education programs across the state. Digital ATDN provides teachers with ready-to-use resources specific to digital literacy and support for the implementation of digital literacy in the adult education classroom. In collaboration with the CT State Department of Education, Academic Office.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Adult Education
The Rhode Island Adult Education system equips adults with essential skills for secondary school completion, family life enhancement, citizenship, job training, employment, and post-secondary education.


Vermont Agency of Education
Vermont’s adult education system provides personalized instruction in mathematics, reading, writing, workplace skills, and English, guided by the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education.

Partners in our Mission

World Education, Inc.

World Education is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to improving people’s lives around the world through education and social and economic development. In the United States, World Education supports older youth and adult learners by strengthening the educators, organizations, and systems that serve them. World Education is the home of the NELRC.


LINCS is a national leadership initiative of the U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) to expand evidence-based practice in the field of adult education. The LINCS PD Center provides technical assistance to states and facilitates professional development for adult educators. NELRC complements the work of LINCS by providing customized, regionally-focused professional development and collaboration opportunities to the New England states.