Montgomery County’s cultural diversity is one of its greatest assets, yet nearly 130,000 residents have limited English proficiency – a challenge that affects everything from health outcomes, to civic engagement, to career development (incorporating English language skills into advice about workforce development has become critical). A problem of this scale requires a coordinated response so MCAEL strengthens a network of some 70 adult English literacy providers, streamlining and leveraging resources, funding, and programs so that partner organizations can focus on providing high-quality instruction. When in-person classes moved online, MCAEL worked on the transition, exploring the best ways to keep virtual learners engaged and offering free professional development to help instructors build skills and improve techniques. A comprehensive understanding of the technology needs of coalition members has been a top priority as well – because turning barriers into bridges has never been more important.

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 County Coalition for Adult English Literacy is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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