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CENAES is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing essential literacy services to the Latino community. With a proven track record of over 20 years, our organization has empowered persons of all ages by teaching them how to read and write in Spanish.


As a non-profit organization, CENAES solely relies on the generosity of private and public organizations and individuals to fund our literacy classes and educational projects. Through these contributions, we are able to provide essential services to the Latino community in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia area.

Our organization comprises a team of 20 dedicated volunteer teachers, including experienced faculty and administrators. We operate under the Collective Bargaining Agreement for Social Action and Intervention to ensure we provide high-quality services to our community.


At CENAES, we recognize the importance of staying up-to-date with the latest teaching techniques for adult education. To further enhance our teachers' skills and knowledge, we conduct an annual workshop on Teaching Techniques for Adult Education.



CENAES is committed to providing its students comprehensive learning experiences, including workshops and celebrations throughout the academic year. Our primary public event is the CENAES Annual Spelling Bee, which takes place every June, marking the end of the academic year. This highly anticipated event brings together top-performing students from each level to compete in a fun and festive competition that allows them to showcase their spelling abilities to the wider community, including friends and family.


We are honored to welcome the Mayor or a representative from the city government to this event, which is a testament to its significance. As a joyous occasion that celebrates academic achievement, the CENAES Annual Spelling Bee typically receives media coverage, further highlighting the success of our students.

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