Adult Literacy

General Overview

  • Individual learning plans supported by contextualized one-on-one instruction and contextualized classroom learning are needed.
  • Issues of recruitment, attendance, motivation, and persistence
  • Sense of embarrassment
  • There is a need for more drop-in programs with computer labs and flexible evening and weekend hours.
  • Tracking progress of students who are tutored one-on-one by volunteers is challenging.
  • Recruiting and training volunteer tutors is an ongoing process.
  • More effort is needed for recruiting students.
  • There is limited support staff for some programs.

Fast Facts

  • Programs offer a range of curriculum materials, i.e. computer-based materials, but not many options.
  • Students in adult education and literacy classes come only 2 or 3 times a week for a maximum of 12 hours, when as many as 150 hours of instruction is needed.
  • Learners also may have diagnosed or undiagnosed disabilities or differing learning styles.
  • Reduced budgets and program cuts may seriously impact program effectiveness.
  • Older learners may be transient due to employment changes.
  • Tutor-student matching is time consuming.
  • Adult programs look like traditional schools where people have had poor educational experiences.
  • One-third of the learners do not continue over time.
  • Most students in adult literacy programs test at leass than a sixth grade reading level (basic or below basic).

Information taken from the Literacy 2030 Midlands Needs Assessment, 2012.

Developmental Milestones

Grade Level Programs

  • Grade Level Programs
    Extracted from the Promising Practices Guide, which provides programs and best practices for different demographics of library programs around the state

Potential Partners

Grant Opportunities

  • South Carolina State Library: A great resource for local and state grant research.
  • American Library Association: ALA not gives grants of its own, but it also links to federal grants, including Gates, IMLS, National Endowment for Humanities, OCLC, and more.
  • A centralized location to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. The system houses information on over 1,000 grant programs and vets applications for 26 federal grant-making agencies.
  • Scholastic Grants: A frequently updated listing of public and private library grants that support library programs and initiatives that help young people.
  • K-12 Grants: Financial awards available for U.S. schools, continuously updated by
  • Finding the Funds: Renaissance Learning provides valuable advice on writing grants for educational initiatives, plus a comprehensive list of funding opportunities.
  • LibraryWorks: A variety of time-sensitive and ongoing grant opportunities for libraries.
  • IMLS Services: The Institute of Museum and Library Services offers a searchable database of grants available for libraries across the United States.