Educational Resources

Resources for Pre-K Through Adult


Bright Blessings Gift of Literacy
1150 Crews Road, Suite C, Matthews, NC 28105

The Bright Blessings Gift of Literacy program goes beyond the books to help fill gaps where poverty undermines promise. By providing the kids we serve with portable lap desks, new school supplies, snacks for school days, and hygiene sets for personal care, Bright Blessings is committed to helping disadvantaged kids overcome their circumstances and rise to their academic potential. 

The Alliance for Children
Suzanne Walters, (NC Pre-K Administrator)

Union County’s NC Pre-Kindergarten is a free community-based, voluntary education program designed to prepare at-risk 4-year-olds for success in school. Must be 4 by August 31 of the current year.


Literacy Programs
Union County Locations at Old Armory 500 N Johnson St, Monroe, NC 28112 and Willow Oaks 3223 Walkup Ave, Monroe, NC 28110

YWCA is on a mission to give every child an equal chance at success for the future.
Reading comprehension by the third grade is essential in determining future successes and children in low-income areas have fewer resources to break from this negative cycle. YWCA provides after-school literacy programs for students, and their parents, in high-poverty areas in order to make higher achievement possible. Contact YWCA’s Department of Youth Programs at 980-585-0505 to see if your child is eligible


High School Equivalency Diploma Instruction and Testing

North Carolina’s High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma program offers instruction to prepare learners to successfully pass a designated high school equivalency assessment. The three nationally-recognized assessments used to obtain a state-issued High School Equivalency diploma in North Carolina are GED®, HiSET® and TASC.


High School and College Level Educational Resources

This site is a compilation of free resources for getting a high school or college level education.


Central Piedmont Community College Levine Campus and South Piedmont Community College Old Charlotte Highway Campus

These community college campuses in Union County offer a variety of educational programs and services. They also offer classes in adult basic skills and training classes for the unemployed or underemployed.


High School Dropout Prevention – National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (NGYCP)

The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (NGYCP) was established by the National Guard in 1993 to turn around the lives of young men and women between the ages of 16 and 18 who are experiencing difficulty in completing traditional high school. The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is a free voluntary 17-month dropout recovery program that helps at-risk youth earn their high school diploma or GED. This is done in a very disciplined and structured program that uses the military model. ChalleNGe works with program participants after graduation to help enroll in college, trade school, start a career or join the military.


Financial Literacy

To be financially literate is to know how to manage your money. This means learning how to pay your bills, how to borrow and save money responsibly, and how and why to invest and plan for retirement. This page will help you grow your financial knowledge, by beginning with the basics of money management and maturing into a smart spender.


Universal Class Online Personal Finance Class
-must have a valid Union County library card

Union County Public Library

Monroe Library
316 E. Windsor St.
Monroe, NC 28112

Lois Morgan Edwards Memorial Library
414 Hasty St.
Marshville, NC 28103

Union West Regional Library
123 Unionville-Indian Trail Rd
Indian Trail, NC 28079

Waxhaw Branch Library
509 S. Providence St.
Waxhaw, NC 28173

In addition to checking out books, you may:
Take a computer class
Find a new movie
Watch a free movie at UCPL
Find an eBook or audiobook
Take a genealogy or local history class
Receive reading recommendations
Take an online class
Use a computer
Find a quiet place to study

NEW: you can now stream movies, music, and books with Hoopla Digital from UCPL! Visit or download the app on your mobile device to set up your account today. Each account gets 3 checkouts per month.


Financial Aid for College or Trade School