New Mexico Coalition for LiteracyNew Mexico Coalition for Literacy

The vision of the NMCL is that all New Mexico adults can read and write.

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New Mexico Coalition for Literacy


The New Mexico Coalition for Literacy (NMCL) was founded in 1987 by First Lady Katherine Carruthers in response to the public's concern about the high illiteracy rate among adults in New Mexico. For twenty-five years, the NMCL has provided funding, training, and technical assistance to local adult literacy programs statewide. These local programs, in turn, provide literacy instruction to adults who want to improve their literacy skills.

New Mexico Coalition for Literacy

Begun as an effort to gain support through the State Legislature to provide modest operating expenses for community-based adult literacy programs, the NMCL has grown in both stature and capacity to support these programs, all while maintaining a small and efficient staff of three.

The NMCL relies on public as well as private funding to support its wide-ranging activities. We are funded by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs/State Library through the New Mexico State Legislature and also rely on fundraisers and community support to increase the number of students served. Anyone can become a member of the NMCL to show their support, as well.

For more information about adult literacy, to volunteer as a tutor, or refer a potential student for services, call our Literacy Hotline, which is proudly sponsored by KOAT-TV, Channel 7, at 1-800-233-7587. You may also send an email to info at newmexicoliteracy dot org.