National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week raises public awareness of adult education and family literacy, assists adult learners in need of literacy services, leverages local resources, and supports increased access to adult education and family literacy programs. Advocates across the country use this opportunity to elevate adult education and family literacy nationwide with policymakers, the media, and the community.
NCSDAE recently worked with Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) on a sign-on letter, now being circulated by Senator Reed and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) requesting increased funding for the Adult Education State Grant Program in FY 2017.
We invite you to contact your Senators and ask them to sign on to the Reed/Blumenthal letter requesting funds for Fiscal Year 2017 for the Adult Education State Grant Program. A copy of the letter is posted here. (A version on letterhead will be produced once they have obtained signatures.) Deadline is March 15th.
The National Coalition for Literacy (NCL), partnering with NCL member ProLiteracy, recently sent a survey on adult education issues to the 2016 Presidential candidates, highlighting the critical relationship between adult education issues and our nation’s economic and social well-being. As we noted in our letter to the candidates, improving America’s economic competitiveness will remain a daunting challenge for the next President as long as there continues to be 36 million American adults with low basic reading, writing, and math skills. This literacy skills gap costs our nation billions of dollars annually in lost revenue and in increased costs for health care, corrections, welfare, and unemployment.
We plan to publish the responses we receive here on the NCL Web site. In addition, we are making the materials developed for this initiative freely available for use/adaptation by state and local advocates. These materials include a fact sheet, a copy of the survey, and a copy of the letter we sent the candidates. Feel free to modify our questionnaire for other races—and let us know if you receive any responses.
If you could only read as well as a third grader, what would it be like to apply for a job?
If you couldn’t speak English, what would you say to your child’s teacher on Back-to-School Night?
If you couldn’t do basic math, what would it be like to pay your bills each month?
Making a better life for yourself and your family is the American Dream. But that dream is out of reach to millions of Americans, native and foreign-born, because they struggle to read, write, do basic math, and speak English–and we’re all paying the price. It’s a problem we can’t fix without your help.
How we help
With a challenge this big, our country can’t afford not to act. We, as members of the National Coalition for Literacy, are the boots on the ground, the teachers in the classroom, the researchers, community leaders, and the voices on Capitol Hill. Together, we work to make sure every adult has the skills they need to find and keep a job, educate their kids, and work toward their piece of the American Dream.
We know fixing the problem means tackling it from the ground up and the top down. So we’re educating policymakers about the human, social, and actual costs of low literacy. We’re raising much-needed resources to bring more programs to our communities. We’re sharing research-based practices about the unique needs of adult learners, and how we can all benefit when people have the skills to participate in the 21 century workforce. And we’re working directly with adult learners as they pursue the skills they need to boost their self-sufficiency and chance at future success.
We need you
Too many adults across our nation lack the skills they need to get and keep a job, support their families, and succeed in life. You can be a part of the solution, and we have lots of ways—big and small—that you can help. Please consider donating $10, $25, $100, or even more to our campaign. Together, we can help put more people on the path to self-sufficiency and success.
Please join NCL in bringing the American Dream within reach through your donation. Visit our Donate page and click on the green Donate Now button.