The Ohio Department of Education has been awarded $42 million for a Comprehensive Literacy State Development grant from the U.S. Department of Education to continue its work to improve language and literacy development in Ohio’s children. Close to 95 percent of the award will go directly to local districts, community schools and early childhood education programs to improve literacy outcomes for children from birth through grade 12.
This four-year subgrant will focus on developing model literacy sites in early childhood education programs and district preschools, as well as elementary, middle and high schools across the state. The model sites will concentrate on implementing practices outlined in Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement
. The grant also will support professional learning and coaching.
The partnership between the proposed model sites and the Department will allow early childhood education programs, districts, schools and families to improve student literacy and increase educational options available to traditionally underserved students.