Montgomery County’s cultural diversity is one of its greatest assets, yet nearly 139,000 residents have limited English proficiency, which affects their health outcomes, civic engagement, and career development. Formed as a community coalition to address these challenges, MCAEL serves as a hub for some 60+ program providers that, together, meet the needs of over 16,000 adult English language learners annually. It advocates for, streamlines, and coordinates the funding opportunities and capacity building resources that partner organizations need to focus on providing high-quality instruction. Coalition members receive ongoing technical assistance to improve program design while new and experienced instructors participate in free professional development to better engage learners. Community partnerships with schools, businesses, and faith-based organizations expand its reach to more under-served residents. By strengthening its network, MCAEL turns barriers into bridges at scale.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County; MCAEL and its literacy providers work across the county currently serving about 15,000 adults each year of the 130,000 adults identified by the census as limited in their English proficiency.

Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Immigrants/Refugees

Schools They Work In: Montgomery County Public Schools (over 20 schools through our programs)

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Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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