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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
Event
2021 National Celebration of Reading

This signature event on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., raises support for nationwide literacy programs and increases awareness of our country’s literacy crisis.

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News
Growing Impact of Low Adult Literacy Rates

A recent study released in partnership with Gallup examines the impact of adult literacy on the U.S. economy, finding that the nation could be losing up to $2.2 trillion annually due to low adult literacy rates.

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Literacy Resources
Resources for Anti-racist and Anti-bias Teaching

In support of the many educators working to ensure that all learners are taught from an anti-racist/anti-bias perspective, the Barbara Bush Foundation has created and curated a collection of educational resources for classroom use.

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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