Why We Do What We Do


COABE’s mission is to inspire educators so adults succeed and communities thrive. The Coalition on Adult Basic Education exists to provide leadership, communication, professional development, and advocacy for adult education and literacy practitioners to advance quality services for all adult learners. COABE represents the field of 55,000 adult educators and provides a variety of services, including professional development through annual, state-of-the-art national conferences, more than 40 webinars annually, and a peer reviewed journal. COABE also recently launched an award winning national public awareness campaign and an advocacy campaign that has enabled more than 50,000 connections with legislators since April 2017. 

Fact Sheets

To help you be your program’s best advocate, COABE has assembled the following Fact Sheets. These fact sheets will help you showcase students, staff and programs to to help policymakers and the public understand the value that you deliver every day.

Adult education has long been an integral part of our nation’s prosperity. Yet over the last decade, declining state and federal funds have led to declining numbers of adult learners who can access services. Of the 36 million adults with low basic skills, adult education currently assists 1.8 million of them each year to earn a high school equivalency, increase basic and employability skills, or improve their English language proficiency (Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).

Student Success Stories



“I was unfulfilled. I needed to complete myself,” says Martina Dix, a 2013 Seeds of Literacy graduate. “I wanted to go further than where I was.” For 22 years, Martina worked at Wendy’s, first as a cashier and on the prep line, and then as a general manager. Long hours and a hectic pace made her want something more.

In order to have more career options, Martina came to Seeds. She liked that each student worked at her or his own pace, and that tutors were always available for one-to-one help. The fact that Seeds had morning, afternoon, and evening classes allowed her to fit her education into her work and family schedule.

Testimonial Videos

COABE Workforce Program