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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

MCAEL Announces $910, 000 in Grants to Support Adult English Literacy in Montgomery County

MCAEL Announces $910, 000 in Grants to Support Adult English Literacy in Montgomery County
ROCKVILLE, MD – The Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy announces the award of $910,000 in grants to support adult English literacy programs across Montgomery County.  Funding for the grants is provided in partnership with the Montgomery County Government, thanks to the generous support of County Executive Leggett and the Montgomery County Council. MCAEL thanks the Montgomery County Government for their continued support in literacy and their increased investment for Fiscal Year 2015.
The objective of MCAEL’s grants program is to increase the availability of adult English literacy services offered to diverse populations, and to improve the quality of those services in Montgomery County. Community based organizations funded through the grants have served approximately 3,000 adult English language learners, each year, since 2006.  When talking about the grants process, Tiffany L. Heath, MCAEL Grants Panel Co-Chair, stated "The traditional definition of literacy is the ability to use language–to read, write, listen, and speak. As a member of the FY15 MCAEL Grants Panel, I see efforts of the organizations dedicated to English literacy as playing an even more vital role in the lives of their students. Through the diligent efforts of the MCAEL providers, adult learners and their families gain access to knowledge, self-esteem, success and advancement. These are all necessary elements to ensure that Montgomery County continues to move towards an even bigger and brighter future."
For FY2015, Program Grants were made available to support developed Adult English Literacy Programs and Literacy Access Grants were offered to support a drop in class and/or classes with under 120 hours per year in order to: (1) access and leverage ongoing/new partnerships and resources; (2) create access to English classes for underserved populations; and (3) develop access points to link individuals to the larger ESOL system that exists in Montgomery County. Given that research shows it takes, on average, 120 hours to improve one English level, this balance between Literacy Access Grants and Program Grants provides adult learners with the means to access the system as well as make progress.
Grants provided for FY15 are detailed in the “Grant Awards for FY15” available on the MCAEL website at http://www.mcael.org/facts-and-data. Highlights include:
Programs helping senior immigrants (over age 60) learn “Daily Living English”;
English classes for low-income parents that help them participate more actively in their children’s education as well as become more self-sufficient;
Programs providing English classes to the expanding immigrant population Up County
Classes to assist adult learners with English for the workplace;
In addition to funding, MCAEL works to expand capacity and quality by providing training, technical assistance and other supports to more than 60 grantee and non-grantee provider programs offering adult English literacy classes throughout Montgomery County. MCAEL also helps improve access and coordination through publication of the MCAEL Provider Directory of English Services, the Montgomery County’s only comprehensive listing English and literacy programs, available in print and on MCAEL’s website at http://www.mcael.org/directory
A community coalition of more than 60 businesses, nonprofit and public partners, MCAEL works to expand opportunities for high-quality English language and literacy instruction in Montgomery County, so that adults can gain the skills needed to achieve self-sufficiency, and reach their full potential as parents, workers and citizens. MCAEL’s mission is to strengthen the county-wide adult English literacy network with resources, training, collaborations and advocacy to support a thriving community and an optimal workforce.
For more information, contact: Kathryn E. Stevens, Executive Director 
301-881-1136, kstevens@mcael.org 
"Literacy is important to Montgomery County because it allows individuals to speak, read and understand and be heard and be understood.  Literacy promotes communication which is critical to success."
Mary Ngo
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