Early Learning Partners: Apply for the next round of book grants by April 10

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Books build brains, and we're ready to help our early learning partners get more books to families.

The South-Central Oregon Early Learning Hub has opened its second round of book distribution grants. This is an Oregon Department of Education Early Literacy Grant, and our hub was tasked with distributing the grant in books to agencies serving children and families with children ages 0 to 6.

Applications details and forms are avaliable on the Hub's News and Info page and are due April 10.

For more information contact SCOELH Program Assistant Jessica Vaught at 541.957.4807 Jessica.Vaughnatdouglasesd.k12.or.us .

During the first round of applications 14 agencies from Douglas and Lake counties were awarded book grants through the Hub’s Early Literacy Grant, totalling $22,720 worth of books.  A total of 4,076 books were purchased and expected to be distributed to more than 2,400 families. Books were distrubted this winter.

Here's a list of our partners awarded in the first round:

  • UCAN Head Start - $2,360
  • Umpqua Community Health - $3,000
  • Kelly’s Kid Care - $500
  • Riddle SD - $1,500
  • Family Relief Nursery - $1,300
  • FDC – Relief Nursery - $5,000
  • FDC – Healthy Families – $2,000
  • Glendale SD - $1,000
  • Glide SD - $1,040
  • Cow Creek - $820
  • Yoncalla Library/Elementary/Early Works - $1,100
  • Douglas County Library - $1,550
  • Lake County - $300
  • Family Connections - $1,250

This Early Literacy Grant was developed for early learning hubs to expand the reach of existing early literacy programs or implement new programs based on research-based practices. Ensuring that age-appropriate books are available for caregivers and parents to read to children increases early exposure to and development of a larger vocabulary. Other programs funded by our Early Literacy Grant included a dialogic reading training held in September 2014.