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The New Jersey Council on Adult Education and Literacy was created in response to the literacy crisis. The council reached consensus that learning must be a lifelong process, families were teachers, and the workplace was also an educational arena. It established priorities and recommendations in three areas: family literacy, workplace literacy, and the adult education and literacy delivery system. The council's goal in family literacy was to promote the family as educator and to involve the schools and public in family literacy efforts. The creation of a guide to literacy services was recommended to facilitate the access of families to these programs. The council recommended encouragement of a dramatic increase in the availability of workplace literacy programs in New Jersey. The recommendations focused on how small and medium-sized firms, unions, government, and educational agencies become partners in this effort. The council concluded that the delivery network for adult basic education and literacy programs was inadequate. Recommendations included developing greater cooperation between public and private providers of literacy services, providing increased funding to assist the nonprofit literacy agencies, and better serving special populations. (YLB)

Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Advisory Committees, Family Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Literacy Education, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Strategic Planning, Student Financial Aid, Workplace Literacy

Autor: New Jersey State Council on Adult Education and Literacy, Trenton.


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