About Us

Springs Learning Center was founded in 2002 to provide instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL) and citizenship, serving the largely Latino population in from the greater New Haven, CT, area.

We are located in the rectory of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 115 Blatchley Avenue, in the Fair Haven section of New Haven. Springs Learning Center is sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Along with our emphasis on English as a Second Language, the Springs Learning Center also offers instruction in reading, writing, and other basic education areas. The Center attempts to challenge the cycle of poverty, improving the quality of life for and empowering the individual adult learner.

The goals of the center are:

  • to provide individual tutoring in basic literacy skills in English as a second language and citizenship
  • to build job readiness
  • to develop self-esteem for adult learners.

“Many of our adult learners have accomplished the goals which they set out for themselves when they began taking class,” shares Center Director Sr. Maryann Lawlor. “Several have become citizens, some have continued on to attend advanced educational classes – some have even opened their own businesses.”