Literacy is the key to solving .
All the things I worry about in life would be better if more people could read, write, and comprehend.
From the science of reading to the impact of home libraries and promising new edtech developments, the Barbara Bush Foundation is tracking several exciting conversations in the family and adult literacy space.
We hosted our signature biennial event, joined by First Lady Jill Biden, nationally acclaimed authors and entertainers, and supporters from across the country.
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.
struggle with literacy.
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.
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.LEARN MORE
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.Donate Now
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.Learn More