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Early Literacy Initiative - What's next?
What's next in Oregon for Early Literacy?
Already, the Oregon Statewide Early Literacy Initiative has advanced Early Literacy in public libraries. Here are just a few highlights of what's been happening:
  • The Oregon Community Foundation has awarded a $9,000 “planning for implementation” grant to the Oregon Commission on Children and Families, in partnership with the State Library, to create a grant project that will provide early literacy training and resources to Healthy Start family support workers who work directly with at-risk parents, and with librarians who work with the family support workers and families in the library. "Ready for Healthy Families Oregon," if funded, will be a three year project that will reach all parts of Oregon.
  • At their June 2006 meeting, the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees approved a State Library budget package to be submitted to the Governor that included several changes to the Ready to Read Grant program that would shift the focus of that grant program to early literacy, and included increased funding to support early literacy efforts.
  • Perhaps the most exciting outcome of the Oregon Statewide Early Literacy Initiative has been the increased discussion, excitement, and commitment of the Oregon library community in understanding the role of public libraries play in assisting parents in helping their children develop crucial early literacy skills.
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Early Literacy table of contents

• Early Literacy home
• About the Initiative
• Why Early Literacy?
• What libraries can do
• What libraries are doing
• How to obtain funding
• Additional resources
What's next?
• Contact us