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Early Literacy Grant

History and Purpose

Early Literacy Grant (ELG) is a comprehensive approach to improving early literacy, focused on implementing and sustaining scientifically and evidence-based reading instruction. The Early Literacy Grant is designed to distribute funds to local education providers, including school districts, BOCES, and district charter schools or Institute Charter Schools, to ensure the essential components of reading instruction are embedded into all elements of the primary, K-3 teaching structures in all schools, including universal and targeted and intensive instructional interventions, to assist all students in achieving reading competency. 

Rules for the Administration of the Early Literacy Grant (effective 11-30-18)

Through the Early Literacy Grant Program, the Colorado Department of Education:

  • Assists grantees in establishing instructional systems based on Scientifically Based Reading Research to improve the quality of reading instruction for all K – 3 students.
  • Help schools implement a multi-tiered support system to reduce the number of students reading below grade level.
  • Provides professional development to principals, teachers and intervention teachers on effective instructional practices and the underlying teaching infrastructures to improve reading achievement among K – 3 students.
  • Assists grantees in administering and interpreting approved interim and diagnostic assessments pursuant to the READ Act.
  • Supports implementation of school-wide literacy programs as well as programs designed for targeted and intensive instructional interventions.
  • Assists grantees with testing schedules and interpreting assessment data.


The Early Literacy Grant Timeline

Early Literacy Grant Program was established in 2012. 

Cohort 1: 2013 - 2016

Launched consisting of 30 schools from 15 districts in 7 regions of the state. 

Early Literacy Grant Awardees Cohort 1 (PDF)

Cohort 2: 2016 - 2019 

Launched consisting of 21 schools from 14 districts in 6 regions of the state. 

Early Literacy Grant Awardees Cohort 2 (PDF)

Cohort 3: 2017 - 2020

Launched consisting of 11 schools from 6 districts in 5 regions of the state. 

Early Literacy Grant Awardees Cohort 3 (PDF)




Early Literacy Grant Application

Approximately $1.2 million is available for the Early Literacy Grant Program for the 2018-2019 school year. This reflects year 1 of implementation; for the remaining years in the grant cycle, up to 3.1 million is available per year. An application training webinar will be held on Friday, November 2, 2018, at 2:00 PM. Please register for this technical assistance via Eventbrite here.

If interested in applying for this funding opportunity, please submit the Letter of Intent at by Friday, November 9, 2018. Applications are due December 5, 2018, at 11:59 PM.

Early Literacy Grant Implementation Consultant

The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit Implementation Consultants to be reviewed to meet the criteria for inclusion on the Early Literacy Grant Implementation Consultants list, pursuant to C.R.S. 22-7-1211. This is not a competitive process. Any provider which submits an application during this timeframe of solicitation and meets the criteria specified within this RFI may be considered for inclusion on the provider list. All ELG Consultant providers currently approved will need to reapply to remain on the CDE provider list.

If interested in applying for this funding opportunity, please submit the Intent Form via by Friday, November 9, 2018. Applications are due November 19, 2018, at 11:59 PM.

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