Montgomery County’s cultural diversity is one of its defining features: more than half of its residents represent ethnic and racial minorities. But many struggle with limited English proficiency – which hinders their ability to meet personal goals as parents, workers, and community members. For a problem of this scale, the solution isn’t just more English literacy programs, but better, more effective instruction. So the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy strengthens more than 60 literacy service providers across the county, helping them to improve both the quantity and quality of their programs. Partner organizations receive grants, technical assistance, and networking opportunities; instructors build skills through mentorship, in-class observations and feedback, scholarships, and trainings; and all services integrate cutting-edge resources and technologies. Tracking outcomes reveals emerging literacy needs and determines which instructional methods are most effective. Advocacy advances the cause. While the coalition serves 13,000 people annually, the need county-wide is 130,000. You can help turn language barriers into bridges – for so many.

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 (FY2015)

  • $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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