In support of H. Res 1472, Governor Bill Ritter signed a proclamation designating September 13-17 as Colorado Adult Education and Family Literacy Week.
Congressional declaration, H. Res 1472, designating National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week was sponsored by Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO] and is the culmination of literacy advocacy and outreach resulting in twenty co-signers in the House.
Adult education and family literacy programs serve adult learners who need to improve their basic literacy and math skills, improve their oral and written English, practice for the GED test to attain a high school equivalence degree, and prepare for community college or vocational training. According to the latest national survey of adults, over 93 million American adults have Basic or Below Basic literacy skills that limit their ability to advance at work and in education, help their children with school work, interact with their health care professionals, and participate fully in their communities.
Family literacy programs serve parents and their young children, teaching basic skills, English as a Second Language, and parenting skills to the adults while the children are provided high quality preschool programming. These programs are focused on breaking the cycles of low literacy, low education, and poverty.
For more information, contact Margaret Kirkpatrick, 303-866-6640, State Director, Adult Education and Family Literacy or The Colorado State Publications Library, http://www.cde.state.co.us/stateinfo/index.htm and peruse the Adult Literacy Collection at
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