The Case for Investment in Adult Basic Education

Is funding Adult Literacy programs worth it? Can you prove it? 

ProLiteracy’s new report, The Case for Investment in Adult Basic Education, provides the evidence for supporting a very critical education segment in America.

Historically, there has been limited research that demonstrates the positive impact that literacy skills have on social issues facing all adults. The Case for Investment in Adult Basic Education discusses recent research by Dr. Stephen Reder, which examined the correlation between participation in adult basic skills programs and future increases in income, literacy levels, high school equivalency attainment, and postsecondary engagement.

This new report outlines the results and implications for changes in policy related to investment in adult literacy and education. Stakeholders of all types will now have the data needed to prove that support of adult education results in a strong return for adult learners and society as a whole.

Now, more than ever, is a critical time to share these findings with legislators, policy makers, and funders in order to encourage their support of adult education. To accompany the paper, we have created a document with suggestions of ways to use and distribute this important report.

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