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ESL Family Literacy

The YWCA Elgin offers ESL Family Literacy classes to adults that want to learn English but have small children that need to be looked after. Adult students in our Family Literacy program take our regular English as a Second Language classes Monday through Thursday, while their children attend ESL preschool. On Friday, the parent and child join together for special activities.

Class Schedule

ESL Family Literacy classes are held in the morning, from 9:00am – 11:00am, Monday through Friday. Our school year is September through May and we follow the U-46 Holiday Schedule with a few exceptions.

How to Sign Up

Are you or someone you know interested in learning English but need childcare? You can signup for our classes during one of our two registration events. Our first registration event is in late August and we have another in the beginning of January. If you have questions, please call Alejandrina at the YWCA, 847.742.7930.


The YWCA Elgin partners with other organization in order to offer a well rounded education to our students. A few of our community partners are Advocate Aurora Health, Gail Borden Public Library, Illinois Community College Board, and Altrusa International of Elgin.

YWCA Elgin Family Literacy provides programming in accordance with the best-practice of the NCFL (National Center for Family Literacy). We follow the four component model, which has a proven record of breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy, including: Adult Education (ESL Classes), Early Childhood Education (ESL Preschool), ESL Parenting Classes, and Parent AND Child Together (PACT) Activities.

Auction Item Pickup

Congratulations to Jeff Gosse for winning the 50/50 raffle and to the individuals that won silent auction items.

Item(s) and the 50/50 raffle prize can be picked up during the following dates and times:

February 10th from 5-7 pm

February 11th from 11 am – 1 pm

February 12th from 5-7 pm

Pickup Instructions: Pull into the YWCA Elgin’s alley, the entrance is off of Center Street. Then call us at 847.742.7930 and let the customer service representative know that you are here to pick-up your silent auction item(s). The rep. will ask your name, vehicle type (i.e. car, SUV, truck, etc.), and vehicle color. Your silent auction items will then be brought out to your car.