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Educational Programs

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Child Learning Center

Literacy Classes for Families

Classes in English as a Second Language (ESL), General Literacy for Adults meets Monday through Thursdays from 9:00 – 12:00 noon throughout the school year. While adults are in class their children are learning new developmental skills in the Child Learning Program (ages 3 months – 3 years). Along with the basic curriculum, time is also dedicated to other topics such as parenting, basic health and wellness and community development.

GED Preperation Classes

Our GED preparation program helps adult learners (22 and older) improve in math, reading and writing skills to prepare them for the GED examination. A child development program is available during classes for the children of participants who are 18 months or older. Regular attendance is required. For addtional information call 559-4109

GED preparation classes meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

English as a Second Language Classes (ESL)

ESL classes are also offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 pm with a curriculum designed to meet a variety of skill levels. Child care is provided for adults who need this service in order to attend the classes.

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Learning English can be challenging

Life Skills Classes

Life Skills classes are another avenue for the community to improve their basic educational and inter-relational skills. This class meets on an ongoing basis, followed by lunch together. Topics include parenting, budgeting, health and nutrition, environmental concerns and almost everything in between.

“Yes, I Can” After School Program

“Yes, I Can” after school program meets Monday through Thursday from 3:30 – 4:30 pm during the school year and is designed to assist elementary school age children with their homework and basic academic skills. Bus transportation is generally available from Angel Oak School to Our Lady of Mercy and parents are responsible for picking up their children each day at the end of the session. “Yes, I Can” summer enrichment program is generally held in July for elementary students.

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Learning is fun!

“Quilting Lives”

“Quilting Lives” community gathering for sewing and quilting sessions meets every Thursday from 9:30 – 12:00 noon. Participants gather to work on individual and group projects with materials and sewing machines donated through Our Lady of Mercy. Sharing of ideas and skills knits this group together!

Parenting Class

Parenting classes are offered twice a month (September - May) on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 11 am - 12 noon. This program helps parents identify their styles of parenting, encourages parental involvement in child's education, and empowers parent to become more involved in their community.

Budgeting Class

A basic budgeting class is held from 9 am - 10 am each Tuesday morning. This class is designed to give a general overview of money management skills and money saving strategies, and is required for anyone requesting financial assistance through Our Lady of Mercy.

Cooking Matters

Cooking Matters brings together culinary and nutrition experts to lead hands-on courses on how to prepare healthy, affordable, delicious meals. We are offering adults a 6-week course covering menu planning, budgeting, cooking methods, knife safety, and health benefits. Participants cook in every class and go home with a bag of food after each class. Those who attend at least four of the six classes will be eligible for a gift upon graduation.

Classes will be held each Thursday from March 13th - April 16th from noon – 1:00 pm at Our Lady of Mercy Outreach.

Contact Zach Huey at Zachary.huey@olmoutreach.org or 843-559-4109.