The information on this page, has been updated in light of the coronavirus pandemic, but we recommend calling to double check details.

Ulster Literacy Association has one-on-one tutoring in English and small group classes (including English for Parents and English for Farm Families) for ages 16 and in Kingston, New Paltz, and Saugerties. To find out about scheduled classes or to make an appointment to discuss private tutoring, please call 845-331-6837.

Ulster BOCES has free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for ages 18 and up in Ellenville, Kingston, and Port Ewen. Lessons in speaking, reading, and writing plus citizenship. For times and locations, page down to ESL on this webpage or call the Adult Literacy Office, 845-331-5050, ext. 2243.

Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley‘s free Drop-In Centers in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, and Orange counties. One-on-one tutoring may be available. For information, email with your town and county. For Columbia and Greene counties, phone 518-828-1792, ext. 104; Dutchess, 845-452-8670; Orange, 845-522-8986. Learners are welcome regardless of literacy level.

Episcopal Church of the Messiah has a free program for English language learners, Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., in the parish hall, 6436 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. Instruction in English, support, advocacy, legal education, and social events. They have been meeting virtually during the pandemic. For details, call 845-876-3533 or email

Dutchess Community College (SUNY) offers 90 hours of English as a Second Language for $25 plus a textbook. Students may choose 100% online or a hybrid — 50% online and 50% in-class in Amenia, Brewster, Fishkill, or Poughkeepsie. Classes are held throughout the day; see schedule. Register here. For more information: 845-790-3590.

Dutchess BOCES has free English as a Second Language, literacy, and high school equivalence programs. Daytime classes in Fishkill and Poughkeepsie. Evenings, Poughkeepsie only. All backgrounds welcome. Individualized instruction and support. Registration takes about one hour; call 845-483-3640, ext. 6108, for appointment. Classroom work focuses on vocabulary, comprehension, and speaking skills.

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