In 2009, Educational Solutions, LLC wrote a successful Early Reading First grant application on behalf of Septima Clark Public Charter School and Sunshine Early Learning Center. The application (Help Emergent Literacy Progress, HELP) was funded by the Department of Education in 2009 for a period of three years (October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2012). Educational Solutions, LLC provides six staff members to the HELP’s ERF Project including three Literacy Mentors (Cecie Boggs, Carolyn Stein, and Kevin McGowan), one transition coordinator (Naomi Zatt), one Family Support Specialist (Jennifer Gee), and a Professional Development Coordinator (Jay Michney). Additionally, Educational Solutions, LLC staff developed the Instructional Supplements curriculum to support teacher implementation of literacy initiatives.
The grant is designed to:
- Dramatically enrich classroom learning environments
- Support implementation of scientifically-based literacy curricula
- Provide on-going professional development to teachers and assistants
- Assess populations to identify at-risk students
- Provide in-class intervention to prevent at-risk students from falling further behind
- Provide training and support to parents
- Establish lending libraries at each school
View the website for HELP’s Early Reading First grant here: http://helperfgrant.com/
Educational Solutions, LLC also has a wealth of prior Early Reading First experience. Educational Solutions, LLC helped co-author a successful Early Reading First grant application in 2006 on behalf of Bridges Public Charter School, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, and Eagle Academy Public Charter School (The Literacy Partnership). Although this grant came to a close on September 30, 2009, the three public charter schools are in the process of sustaining this project at their individual sites. Learn more about the Literacy Partnership’s 2006-2009 Early Reading First Grant implementation here.