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Early Literacy Success 

School District Grants

In 2023, the Oregon Legislature established early literacy as a top priority. In creating the Early Literacy Success Initiative, they identified four goals:

  1. Increase early literacy for children from birth to third grade;
  2. Reduce literacy academic disparities for student groups that have historically experienced academic disparities;
  3. Increase support to parents and guardians to enable them to be partners in the development of their children’s literacy skills and knowledge; and
  4. Increase access to early literacy learning through support that is research-aligned, culturally responsive, student-centered and family-centered.

These goals will be accomplished through four programs: the Early Literacy Success School District Grants, the Early Literacy Success Community Grants, Early Literacy Success Tribal Grants, and the Birth through Five Literacy Plan (administered through the Department of Early Learning and Care).


Tanya Frisendahl

Student Success Act Consultant
Educational Services Team

Reminder — Sign Early Literacy Grant Agreements

As a reminder, for applicants meeting requirements for early literacy, you will receive a notice from Smartsheet to sign your ELSSDG grant agreement. The ELSSDG grant agreements do not require board approval. Once ELSSDG grant agreements are signed and returned, our team is committed to verifying and releasing funds promptly. Since ELSSDG is a disbursement grant, you will then be able to submit a claim for 100% of your 2023-24 allocation.

Early Literacy Plan Resources

  • ODE is offering weekly office hours for applicants who need to make revisions to their early literacy plan. Get your grant questions answered by ODE.  schedule a meeting directly with the Literacy Team via this Calendly link. We are here to support you in every step of the journey.
  • Butte Falls SD is hosting Office hours 3:30-4:30PM each Wednesday

 Scroll down for more resources.

Important Dates & Deadlines

ODE Assistance

For help with Quarterly Reporting (or other concerns), chat directly with ODE by emailing or Much other information may be found on ODE’s website here. 

Important Dates

2023-2024 School Year, Spending Period 7/1/23-9/30/24

  • Due October 31, 2023 – Quarter 1 (July 1, 2023 – September 30, 2023; this year’s Q1 report). Reporting components: adjust budget, journaling progress, progress markers.
  • On January 19, 2024, Quarter 1 Integrated Reports will be locked to edits. Please download a copy for your records if needed prior
  • February 29, 2024 – Report due for Quarter 2 (October 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023 ).


NEW, Early Literacy Grant, closed for application on 1/8/24

The Early Literacy Success Initiative secures $90 million in non-competitive, application-based grants for the biennium to support comprehensive early literacy plans (defined as pre-kindergarten through third grade) in order to increase early literacy statewide.

Application Resources

The following resources will be useful for preparing the grant application for the Early Literacy Success School District Grants:

  • Oregon’s Early Literacy Framework provides the content to engage in deep learning and frame the big picture of effective early literacy.
  • The Program Review Tool guides applicants through applying the Framework to their given setting and includes eight questions that will be required in the Application.
  • The Application Planning Template is a practical tool in which an applicant lays out what they will be required to submit alongside the Inventory and Budget.
  • The Literacy Inventory and Budget includes the template for the inventory required by the legislation and provides pre-populated budget cells that help with planning for allowable expenses. This will be required as an attachment in the Application.
  • The Guidance helps summarize the legislation and lays out how the grant program works, while providing clarity in what will be expected and reviewed.
  • The Application holds all of the questions in the Template as well as the questions in the Program Review Tool and will be the location for uploading the Literacy Inventory and Budget. It comes via Smartsheet on Dec. 1 (and closes on Jan. 8) and will align with the Integrated Guidance tools and reporting infrastructure.

Key Application Dates

  • The submission window opens on December 1, 2023, and closes on January 8, 2024. 
  • Applicants can backdate expenditures to October 1, 2023.
  • When planning the application development, keep in mind that the grant application must have been presented to and approved by the school board at an open meeting.
  • Grant agreements will be issued once applications have been reviewed and meet requirements.
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