In FY 2011-2012, the PA Department of Education (PDE) underwent significant restructuring due to reduction in the state and federal budgets and the competitive application process resulting in the funding of fewer higher performing agencies which provided comprehensive adult education programs. In some regions of Pennsylvania, PDE adult literacy coalitions were eliminated. However, in Philadelphia, the coalition of PDE-funded programs still exists, albeit with many less members. Renamed LEARN Philly (Literacy Education for Adults Regional Network), the core members include representation of each of the six funded PDE programs:
- Center for Literacy, JoAnn Weinberger (Elected Chairperson of LEARN Philly) and Stephanie Korber
- Community Learning Center, Rebecca Wagner
- District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund, Cheryl Feldman and Nicole Jackson
- New World Association, Irina Sapiro and Marina Lipkovskaya
- Temple University / Center for Social Policy and Community Development, Shirley Moy and Ulicia Lawrence
- Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, Bahiya Cabral-Johnson
In addition to these six agencies, partner agencies include the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation, Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, CareerLink Centers, Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, the Philadelphia Youth Network and the Job Opportunities Investment Network at the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
This website is dedicated to sharing information with potential students, the adult literacy providers and key stakeholders. For more information about LEARN Philly, please refer to the agency information page.