It started almost three decades ago with Barbara Bush’s vision of helping children and their parents read, and the creation of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Over the past 29 years, the Foundation has raised and provided more than $110 million in support to create or expand family literacy programs in 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The Barbara Bush Foundation is the leading advocate for family literacy around the country, raising funds to support innovative educational programs that help parents and children improve their lives through literacy. We currently support family literacy 160 programs in 12 states.
On Mrs. Bush’s 90th birthday in 2015, the Foundation announced the launch of the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE. This groundbreaking, multi-year global competition is the Foundation’s single largest investment to revolutionize the future of adult literacy education.
Through the Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE initiative, the Foundation is now the single largest provider of literacy services to adults in the U.S. who read below a third grade level. The competition’s field testing phase, currently underway in Dallas, Los Angles, and Philadelphia, is providing nearly 11,000 learners with free access to mobile learning apps with the power to significantly improve their literacy skills in just one year. Over the next two years, this program will be launched nationally to serve hundreds of thousands of learners.