Adult literacy refers to “understanding, evaluating, using and engaging with written text to participate in society, to achieve one’s goals and to develop one’s knowledge and potential” (PIACC Literacy Expert Group, 2009). Literacy is a continuum, and many adults have already developed some reading and writing skills in their lives, but need support for stronger literacy, numeracy, and digital literacy skills to emerge. NMHED-funded programs provide the full spectrum of these services in courses, small groups, and one-on-one tutoring sessions, both in person and online, in communities around the state
Family literacy is caregivers and children learning together. Family literacy programs provide culturally-relevant opportunities for families to engage in interactive literacy activities and support caregivers to be full partners in children’s education. This is a model for success in New Mexico’s strong tradition of intergenerational caregiving. For more information on family literacy programs near you, contact Michelle Ribeiro, Education / Workforce Development Systems Specialist, at (505) 467-9792 or Michelle.Ribeiro@hed.nm.gov.