Congress is working diligently on a federal stimulus package to assist Americans during this difficult time. ProLiteracy is concerned about the many ways in which the COVID-19 crisis is impacting adult literacy programs, instructors, and learners. We want to make you aware of actions and resources.
Federal Stimulus to Support Adult Education
In addition to the stimulus package being discussed, the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce has presented a letter to Speaker Pelosi, Senator McConnell, Rep. McCarthy, and Senator Schumer requesting an additional $1 billion to support Title II of WIOA—the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act. ProLiteracy and several national organizations have signed on to this request letter.
We ask that you contact your representatives and senators immediately to ask for their critical support.
Backing from Private Funders
ProLiteracy’s president/CEO, Kevin Morgan, emailed funders on Friday with a message asking them to continue or increase support for adult literacy. In particular, with programs seeking ways to use technology and distance learning for instruction, we are asking donors to contribute to ProLiteracy’s Mobile Learning Fund, which provides free New Readers Press apps and digital products for adult learners.
Mobile Learning Fund
If your program is looking for ways to continue education with learners, we encourage you to apply to the Mobile Learning Fund. During this time, we are expediting review and approval of applications in order to equip programs and learners with mobile apps and digital products. Please visit ProLiteracy’s website for details about the Mobile learning Fund and instructions for applying.
ProLiteracy has created a special section on our website with a myriad of resources to help programs connect with adult learners and continue instruction from a distance. There is also information about the Coronavirus that we encourage you to share widely.
Our staff are continuing to work from home helping programs and learners stay connected and sharing resources to assist programs striving to provide services during this crisis.