More than 3 million adults in New York State function at the Below Basic level of prose literacy according to the State Assessment of Adult Literacy. Join the New York Association of Continuing/Community Education in an awareness campaign to continue funding for adult education programs statewide.
Adult education provides instruction for the development of reading, writing and English language skills. The development of these skills gives adults the opportunity to support their children’s education, enter vocational training programs and find and keep jobs that are part of NY’s 21st century future.
The Regents endorsed the development of Literacy Zones to help give parents and community members skills critical to family and student success. These zones represent a hub of coordinated services emanating from a family welcome center in severely distressed communities designated as high needs. These zones comprehensively serve the needs of parents, students and residents in urban and rural high poverty communities by giving parents and community members skills critical to family and student success: accessing the health care system, preventing and managing illness, avoiding predatory lending, building assets, obtaining jobs that can sustain a family and accessing postsecondary education and advanced training.
Adult education programs serve educationally disadvantaged out-of-school youth and adults by providing a foundation for job training, initiatives for English language learners, and family literacy to support parents as their children's first teachers. Health literacy helps reduce the $70 billion a year cost of undereducated adults not being able to read and follow medical advice for themselves and their children. Adult education in instrumental as families transition from welfare to a family-sustaining income. It becomes the foundation as adults transition to post-secondary education to develop skills for today’s workforce.
Important sources of state funds that support skills development include Welfare Education Programs, Adult Literacy Education and Employment Preparation Education. The membership and friends of NYACCE encourage the Governor and NYS Legislature to continue their support for adult learners, their families and the workforce of New York State.