Family Literacy

Adult literacy can change everything 

Health. Gender equality. Poverty. Every important social issue is impacted by low literacy. When individuals learn how to read, write, do basic math, and use computers, they have the power to lift themselves out of poverty, lower health care costs, find and keep sustainable employment, and ultimately change their lives.  


Did you know  Children of parents with low literacy skills have a 72 percent chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves.1

These children are more likely to get poor grades, display behavioral problems, have high absentee rates, repeat school years, or drop out. 


Of adults with the lowest literacy levels, 43 percent live in poverty, and 70% of adult welfare recipients have low literacy levels.2 There is a clear correlation between more education and higher earnings, and between higher educational scores and higher earnings


An excess of $230 billion a year in health care costs is linked to low adult literacy.3 Nearly half of American adults have difficulty understanding and using health information. Lack of understanding impedes adults’ abilities to make appropriate health decisions and increases the likelihood that they’ll incur higher health costs.


Individuals at the lowest literacy and numeracy levels have a higher rate of unemployment and earn lower wages than the national average. Low literacy costs the U.S. at least $225 billion each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.


Every year, one in six young adults—more than 1.2 million—drop out of high school.5 Recent data show that nearly 30 percent of adults with household incomes at or below the federal poverty line do not have a high school credential. The key to financial success is a viable career path and adequate education to seek meaningful, family-supporting wages. The value to our economy in additional wages and the reduction in costs for various support programs is estimated at more than $200 billion a year. 


About 50 percent of the 2 million immigrants that come to the U.S. each year lack high school education and proficient English language skills.6 This severely limits their access to jobs, college, and citizenship and increases their vulnerability to living in poverty.


Seventy-five percent of state prison inmates did not complete high school or can be classified as low literate. Ninety-five percent of those incarcerated are reintegrated into our communities. Research shows that inmates who are educated are 43 percent less likely to return to prison.

According to  Pro Literacy Facts sheet!

Basic English


Financial Literacy


Computer Literacy


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