- Strengthen language and literacy instruction in pre-kindergarten programs
- Use evidence-based, intentional curricula
- Provide resources for literacy-rich classroom environments
- Expand accessibility to pre-kindergarten programs for all low-income students
- Expand partnership between school districts and public and private partners
- Expand partnerships between school districts and public and private partners
- Provide comprehensive professional development for early childhood educators about early literacy and social-emotional development
- Children’s development can be affected by high-quality preschool experiences that can improve later academic and social competence
- High-quality pre-kindergarten programs have indicators of structural quality which include classroom materials, curricula, teacher education, and teacher-child ratio
- Sustained, intensive professional learning for teachers has been linked to higher quality indicators and positive child outcomes
- Pre-kindergarten students score higher in language development and phonological awareness when teachers participate in targeted professional learning in intentional evidence-based literacy curricula
Information taken from the South Carolina Reading Plan, 2015.
Grade Level Data
- Reading, writing, and communication continuums demonstrating approximate expected milestones for readers (BCH)
- "Portrait" of readers and writers by age (BCH)
- Key benchmark books by level
- Tips for families on how to foster literacy, by age (BCH)
Grade Level Programs
- Grade Level Programs
Extracted from the Promising Practices Guide, which provides programs and best practices for different demographics of library programs around the state
- Programs that use partners for grade level reading highlighted - examples include police, doctors, hospitals, churches, and schools
- South Carolina State Library: A great resource for local and state grant research.
- American Library Association: ALA not gives grants of its own, but it also links to federal grants, including Gates, IMLS, National Endowment for Humanities, OCLC, and more.
- Grants.gov: A centralized location to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. The system houses information on over 1,000 grant programs and vets applications for 26 federal grant-making agencies.
- Scholastic Grants: A frequently updated listing of public and private library grants that support library programs and initiatives that help young people.
- K-12 Grants: Financial awards available for U.S. schools, continuously updated by THEJournal.com.
- Finding the Funds: Renaissance Learning provides valuable advice on writing grants for educational initiatives, plus a comprehensive list of funding opportunities.
- LibraryWorks: A variety of time-sensitive and ongoing grant opportunities for libraries.
- IMLS Services: The Institute of Museum and Library Services offers a searchable database of grants available for libraries across the United States.