Early Childhood Literacy

General Overview

  • 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

Fast Facts

  • 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

Developmental Milestones

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

Potential Partners

Grant Opportunities

  • 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.