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Adult and Family Education

Adult and Family Education is a federally established agency that:

  1. Re-grants federal and local funds to eligible providers of adult education services;
  2. Facilitates state leadership activities including professional development, technical assistance and monitoring; and,
  3. Maintains and reports state and local program performance, progress and outcome data. To view AFE data and reports please visit the below link:

Adult and Family Education Programs include:

Adult and family education programs are designed for individuals who:

  • Are 18 years of age and older and not enrolled in school nor required to be enrolled in school; 
  • Do not have adult basic or adult secondary education skills;       
  • Do not have a high school diploma or GED; and/or        
  • Need to improve their ability to speak, read, or write the English language.

AFE sub-grantees offer the following services to adult learners in the District of Columbia:  

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE)
  • Adult Secondary Education (ASE)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • English Language/Civics (EL/Civics)
  • Family Literacy
  • Workforce and Postsecondary Transition

Finish the GED now by:

  • Enrolling in a program if you need help.  Local programs, funded by the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education Adult and Family Education Department, can be found in our Guide to Adult and Family Services.
  • Checking the District of Columbia’s testing policies and deadlines at Finish the GED.

Adult and Family Education (AFE) is authorized by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Title II – Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 – Public Law 113-128.  The AFE grant program is also supported with a match of local funds, as required by Title II, Section 222(b) of WIOA.


Adult and Family Education (AFE) develops policies and procedures to guide the administration of federal and local Adult and Family Education Grant Funds.

For further information, please phone the Adult and Family Education unit at (202) 741-5531 or send an email to:

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