Community Action ( is partnering with nonprofit Lincoln Literacy to offer free English and adult literacy classes to Lincoln residents of all backgrounds. Classes are offered four evenings a week at no cost to participants and are hosted at Community Action’s 1843 K Street Head Start center. Classes began in August and are available both to current participants of Community Action Head Start, the agency’s early childhood program, and others in the community.

In September 2021, Community Action purchased the facility at 1843 K Street (former Kaplan University building) and has been working since to transform it into a community resource hub and an ideal space for young children and families to learn and grow. Loughman says this new partnership aligns perfectly with the agency’s goals for the future of the space, which is located in one of Lincoln’s highest-poverty neighborhoods where 15% of residents in the surrounding zip code speak a language other than English at home.

“It fills our hearts with hope and joy for the future of Lincoln, that we can create these types of partnerships and provide these services that folks in our community need,” said Heather Loughman, Community Action CEO.

Community Action Head Start serves 493 children age birth – five years and their families across Lancaster and Saunders Counties. The program provides early childhood education and family support services to children and families from at-risk backgrounds, preparing them for success in school and life.

Community Action’s mission is to empower people living in poverty to reach economic stability. Its programs and services address the causes and conditions of poverty in four impact areas: early childhood education, homelessness prevention, financial and family well-being, and hunger relief and healthy food access. If you are interested in volunteering or want to learn more about these English classes, please visit or