The aim of The Literacy Institute at VCU is to combat the issue of illiteracy in Virginia.
A partnership between the School of Education, VCU's Center for Public Policy and the Virginia Literacy Foundation, The Literacy Institute conducts research and creates programs to tackle illiteracy across all ages — from early childhood to adult education.
The institute also works closely with local government agencies to keep illiteracy in the forefront for the state's policymakers.
Among The Literacy Institute's major projects include the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center and PluggedInVa, a program designed to help adult learners earn a GED while receiving industry-specific technical training to help them a job.
Likewise, its ExCELL program promotes early language and literacy skills for preschoolers through classroom-based coaching, carefully-chosen instructional materials, and family literacy events.