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The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Adult Education (OAE), formerly known as the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, is a division of the Office of Workforce Development. OAE has worked to equip all adults in Philadelphia with the education they need for work, family, and civic engagement since 1983.

OAE was charged to work on behalf of over 80 literacy and workforce development programs to help the estimated 550,000 adults in the City who need to develop their workforce literacy skills to compete in our knowledge based economy, complete secondary education, or prepare to participate in post-secondary programs.

On September 8, 2016, Mayor Kenney announced and signed an executive order to expand and rename the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy to the Office of Adult Education.

Better encompassing the needs of Philadelphia’s adults and their families
The ability to read, and the more complete meaning of adult literacy, all fall within adult education. The expansion and name change of the Commission to the Office of Adult Education (OAE) reflects the ongoing work of this office to address and meet many of the challenges facing the City’s adults as they look to start in jobs that pay family sustaining wages, and engage in all aspects of civic life and democracy.


Philadelphia will lead the nation in using technology for large-scale adult work-readiness.


The Office of Adult Education works to ensure access to high-quality basic education for all adult learners in Philadelphia.

Download The Office of Adult Education’s fact sheet to read more about our work. Contact Us Today


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