Adult Education Family Literacy Act (AEFLA)

The Hawaii State Department of Education's Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design is the AEFLA grant recipient for the State of Hawaii.


The Adult Education Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) is the most significant federal investment in adult education and literacy. The AEFLA program is authorized as Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). It is administered by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U. S. Department of Education.

The Hawaii State Department of Education (Department) Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design is the AEFLA grant recipient for the State of Hawaii.

Hawaii receives approximately 2.3 million dollars annually to provide adult education services. The amount each state receives is based on a formula  established by Congress.

The local eligible provider of adult education services is McKinley and Waipahu Community School for Adults.

Click to watch: Enroll in Hawaii Community School for Adults Today

Click to watch: HI Now Daily Trivia: What is the DOE Adult Education Program?

Overview and translations below:

Purpose of AEFLA

Under AEFLA, the program of Basic Grants to States is the primary source of federal support for basic skills programs. The program's purpose is to provide educational opportunities below the postsecondary level for individuals 16 or older who:

  • are not currently enrolled in school;
  • lack a high school diploma; or
  • lack the basic skills to function effectively in the workplace and their daily lives.

Instructional services are offered in four program areas:

  • ABE – basic skills instruction below the high school level;
  • ASE – high school level instruction;
  • IELCE – integrated English literacy and civics education; and
  • ELA – English language acquisition instruction.

Department of Public Safety Education Services

In accordance with WIOA Title II, Section 225(b), funds under this program are to be used for the cost of educational programs for criminal offenders in correctional institutions and for other institutionalized individuals, including academic programs for adult education and literacy activities; special education, as determined by the eligible agency; secondary school credit; integrated education and training (IET); career pathways; concurrent enrollment; peer tutoring; and transition to re-entry initiatives and other post-release services with the goal of reducing recidivism.



Awards for AEFLA Services for AEFLA Services
Definition and Activities and ActivitiesDefining adult education and associated terms.
Accountability Performance and Financial Data by the NRS.
Content Standards for Adult Education Standards for Adult EducationThe Department utilizes the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education.
WIOA State Plan State PlanHawaii's WIOA state plan submitted to the U.S. Department of Labor and Dept. of Education.
WIOA Core Partners Core PartnersCore partners of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
Resources resources related to the Adult Education Family Literacy Act.

How do I...?


View all FAQ's

What do you think?

There are currently no active polls