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Adult Education

Adult education is a public education program for all adults. Adult schools offer free to low-cost classes for adults 18 and older. Students can earn a high school diploma, high school equivalency certificate, learn about jobs, learn to speak English, and learn how to become a U.S. citizen. Adult schools are located in many cities and towns.

  • For more information about adult education, contact your local school district.
  • The Adult Education - CalEdFacts page provides a more detailed overview of adult education.
  • The links and information below were developed for educators and others who are directly involved with adult education.

State Funding
Adult education is a public education program for all adults. The California Adult Education Program provides state funds to support these activities.
Program Overview
A description of Adult Education in California.
Federal Grants Administration
Information for grantees regarding implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Title II: Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Section 225, Section 231, and integrated English Literacy and Civics Education Programs Section 243.
Governance & Accountability
Information and resources to help adult education and literacy providers maintain compliance with federal and state law.
Instructional Support
Information and resources from the California Department of Education to support agencies to ensures that adults have the knowledge and skills necessary to participate effectively as citizens, workers, parents, and family and community members.
Resources
Information, reports, news bulletins, useful resources for program development and implementation, and links to additional resources.
Adult School Directories and Student Information
Resources for students and tools to search for adult education programs by city, zip, or address.
Recently Posted in Adult Education
  • Adults in Corrections Education Program (added 21-Sep-2022)
    Information on jail education funding, education objectives (course approval system), program compliance, and assessment.
  • Data Collection, Training, and Reporting (added 26-Aug-2022)
    The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Title II: Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) 2022–23 grant recipients must complete the documentation listed on this web page.
  • Guidelines for Coalition Submissions (added 26-Aug-2022)
    Provides additional guidance as part of the California Department of Education Adult Education Office for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Title II: Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) for Fiscal Year 2022–23.
  • Program and Accountability Requirements (added 26-Aug-2022)
    The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Title II: Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) grant recipients must adhere to the following requirements.
  • Funding Results (added 18-Aug-2022)
    California Adult Education Program year 2022-23.