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 As part of the City’s response to COVID-19, the Community Learning Center and Project Read have moved to modified operations until further notice. The City of South San Francisco remains open, however operations will occur via email at to limit in-person contact. Essential services from first-responders will continue.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we do our part to address this global health crisis.



Project Read

 Our Mission

Assisting adults to read better helps their families and our communities. Project Read helps low literacy and low income adults to reach their literacy and financial goals.

"It makes me feel good working with my tutor. I have the power to improve myself, and I will." - Anonymous Learner

"If you study, you will learn. This is my motto." - Halima Laraj, Adult Learner 

"All of a sudden I realized that I had understood the email from a friend with a quick first-time read. It occurred to me how much I had improved." - Anonymous Learner

Who We Are

We are adult learners, volunteer tutors, and program staff dedicated to lifelong learning. We assist individuals who live in Colma, Daly City, San Bruno, and South San Francisco. With the help of a volunteer tutor, learners become more independent at home, at work, and in their communities.

Programs Offered

We offer free programs to improve the lives of Project Read adult learners. We also offer free training, workshops, books and on-going support for our volunteer tutors. Adult learners enrich their lives, as well as the lives of their families, by working on their goals.


 Project Read updates in response to COVID-19

 Tax Preparation:

  • The tax deadline for filing has been extended to July 15th, 2020.
  • The 2020 VITA free tax preparation service at the South San Francisco Main Library is now closed. We do not anticipate that the service will reopen for the foreseeable future. All VITA sites in San Mateo County are also closed.
  • Private non-free tax preparation services are still operating on a drop-off basis. For further information, please call Project Read at 650-829-3871 and leave a message. We will be pleased to respond to your inquiries.

Project Read’s Book Club:

  • Meetings and new Literacy Tutor trainings have been suspended until further notice.
  • Project Read is looking at online virtual tutoring options to continue with tutoring services for our current tutors and learners. 

We will continue to update this page as new developments arise. We thank you for your patience.

Project Read staff


 Financial Literacy Programs

  • Money Management Training 
  • Matched Savings Program 
  • Financial Coaching Available 
  • VITA (Volunteer Free Income Tax Assistance)

For more information contact:
Fernando Cordova, Literacy Services Coordinator

One-on-one Tutoring on Reading, Writing & Spelling

  • Training of Community Volunteers to Provide Basic Reading Instruction for English Speaking Adults

For more information contact:
Fernando Cordova, Literacy Services Coordinator

Learning Wheels

  • Preschool on wheels that visits low income families at daycares, health centers, schools, homeless shelters and other places where community gathers.
  • Provides family storytimes, educational activities, and free books to build home libraries. 
  • Parents receive information about parenting, literacy, health and other community resources.

For more information contact:
Frances Ulrich, Literacy Services Coordinator

Contact Us

Project Read of North San Mateo County
840 West Orange Avenue
South San Francisco, CA 94080
(650) 829-3871

Staff Contact Info

Karla Bourdon
Literacy Services Manager

Gail Davison
Office Specialist

Fernando Cordova
Literacy Services Coordinator

Frances Ulrich
Literacy Services Coordinator