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Next Level Learning

Working with community partners to give adult learners access to education, digital skills training, and a path to job readiness.


The City of Philadelphia works with community-based organizations to provide Next Level Learning for residents who are 16 and older. These vital services help residents build the skills they need to realize their personal, professional, and civic goals.

The Office of Children and Families (OCF) oversees the City’s planning and investments in this programming. 

Find and sign up for classes

Adult education classes are offered on a variety of subjects, including:

  • Reading, writing, and math.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • High school equivalency preparation, including GED and HiSET preparation.
  • English for speakers of other languages (ESOL).

As a first step, decide on the skills that you’d like to work on. Then, contact us to learn more about classes and enroll.

How to enroll in a class

Call our hotline at (833) 750-5627.

It’s best to call between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., when a Career Navigator can answer. Live translation is available for the call. During other times, you can leave a voicemail.

Discuss your goals and enroll in a class.

As part of the call, you can discuss your educational goals with the Career Navigator. They’ll help you enroll in the right class for your schedule and needs.

Host or provide education services

Community-based organizations can serve as host sites for Next Level Learning. For more information, email

If you provide adult education services, subscribe to our monthly newsletter. You can also explore our Adult Needs Index map to learn more about the varying levels of need for adult education services in Philadelphia. This map was created by the Office of Children and Families.

Volunteer as a tutor

Next Level Learning tutors help adult learners develop their literacy, math, or digital skills.

Before being matched with a learner, tutors complete a free 10 to 12 hour training hosted by subject matter experts. Once matched, tutors will have the support of the education provider and will have access to ongoing professional development opportunities.

If you’re interested in getting involved, apply to volunteer with Next Level Learning.

Get instructor training through the Pathways Program

Are you an educator who works with adult learners? Are you interested in discovering new, learner-centered approaches, effective communication strategies, and helpful resources for further professional development?

Consider the City’s Adult Education Pathways Program. It’s designed to equip adult education professionals with the basic tools and knowledge needed to advance adult education.