The Early Language and Literacy Mini-Grant Program, a joint effort between GOSA and the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy at Georgia College, is designed to support collaborative partnerships in projects targeting birth to age eight language and literacy development needs. These community partnerships may include childcare centers, public and private Pre-Ks, primary grades of elementary schools, local service agencies, and local nonprofits. In this program, grants will be awarded, in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, to support innovative projects that develop or strengthen community initiatives targeting at least one of the four pillars of the Get Georgia Reading Campaign:
- Nutrition Access
- Positive Learning Climate, and
- Teacher Preparation and Effectiveness.
The Center’s mission is to improve Georgia’s literacy rate for children from birth to age eight, provide support for educators in K-3 classrooms, child care centers, and preschools through professional learning and training. The Center will also work with universities, technical college early childhood education programs, alternative educator preparation programs, and other public and private stakeholders to engage the communities at large across the state.
The Early Language and Literacy Mini-Grant program is designed to support the establishment and strengthening of community partnerships to positively impact early language and literacy development. To that end, any group or entity is eligible to apply for this grant if a reasonable and effective partnership is established between that entity and at least one of the following:
- A public school or district serving Georgia students up to 8 years of age;
- A state-funded Georgia Pre-K program (public or private);
- A childcare provider;
- A community healthcare provider;
- A local library or library system;
- A local non-profit organization focused on improving 3rd grade reading outcomes; or
- A local service or civic group focused on improving 3rd grade reading outcomes.