Investing in Boston's Adult Learners: Adult Literacy Initiative

~ The City of Boston is dedicated to empowering adult learners through the Adult Literacy Initiative (ALI). Led by the Worker Empowerment Cabinet in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS) unit, ALI serves approximately 3,500 diverse students annually. Programs include literacy, job skills training, high school equivalency, and ESOL classes for adult learners.

The State and City have allocated $10.6 million for fiscal year 2024 to fund these programs. The Office of Workforce Development (OWD) and the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) are working closely with ACLS to ensure funding for these programs.

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In addition to education, ALI has launched a 15-member Literacy Task Force in June 2023 in collaboration with the Equity and Inclusion Cabinet. This group includes ALI members and adult learners who will study literacy rates of Boston residents, craft action plans, and advocate for enhanced access to education and services. OWD has also been awarded an ALL IN Research Small Grant totally $10,000 to conduct research in collaboration with adult education and workforce training partners through Spring 2024 to explore models and strategies that promote Adult Basic Education (ABE) student transitions to post-secondary credential programs.

The City of Boston is committed to providing every resident with access to education through initiatives such as ALI so they can unlock their full potential. For more information on ALI or to find an adult education program, visit

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