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Literacy is the key to solving .

130 million adults in the U.S. struggle to read basic sentences. U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. (2015, February) Making Skills Everyone’s Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States.

All the things I worry about in life would be better if more people could read, write, and comprehend.

Barbara Bush
News
Barbara Bush Foundation and Worldreader Launch New Multigenerational Reading Collection: ReadLife Bookshelf

The new, fully digital collection provides free online access to books for parents and children, along with guided activities for families and resources for instructors.

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Barbara Bush Foundation Relaunches its Award-Winning Reading Mentorship Program to Mark 20th Anniversary

As we expand into two new states, we look forward to seeing the continued impact of our reading mentoring program.

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Literacy Resources
Find a Literacy Program

If you or someone you know need assistance finding a literacy program, visit the National Literacy Directory’s website or call their toll-free, operator-assisted hotline at (877) 389-6874.

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The Issue

We’re facing a literacy crisis
in the United States

Our country is in crisis. 130 million adults in the United States struggle to read basic
sentences — which can make it difficult or impossible to navigate everyday life. U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. (2015, February) Making Skills Everyone’s Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States.

Our highest-risk
communities
struggle with literacy.
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1 in 5
adults in the U.S.
struggle to fill out
a form. U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. (2015, February) Making Skills Everyone’s Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States.
Our Impact

Improving every
aspect of life

For over 30 years, we’ve been changing lives through literacy. We know that when we empower adults with literacy skills, it benefits everyone. Our strategy to promote better outcomes for adult learners relies on fostering innovation, expanding access to services, increasing public awareness, and implementing evidence-based practices across communities.

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SUPPORT

Donate to invest
in our country’s future

When we solve the literacy gap, we strengthen families, communities, and businesses across the United States. Help us solve today’s most pressing issues.

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About us

A legacy of literacy

Mrs. Bush knew that literacy is key to improving lives. As the nation’s leading advocate for literacy, we’re continuing her mission.

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Nothing takes more courage or persistence or heart than taking a second chance on education. And nothing can have a greater impact on people’s lives.
Barbara Bush