Early Achievers Outreach Partnership
In 2012, the Washington State Library (WSL) began discussions with the Department of Early Learning (DEL) on possible ways for Washington's public libraries to support DEL's Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge grant award from the U.S. Department of Education. In March of 2013, partnering with the Early Learning Public Library Partnership, WSL opened a grant cycle offering public libraries the opportunity to apply for grants up to $1000.00 to offer projects that support Washington Early Achievers in their local communities with other interested early learning organizations.
The Early Achievers Outreach Partnership (EAOP) initiative awarded grants to 28 public libraries that will:
- Enable public libraries to leverage their role as local community hubs to build public awareness of key early learning initiatives among Washington families; and
- Enable the Department of Early Learning to determine best practices for collaboration between DEL and libraries in future early learning public awareness and family engagement initiatives.
The EAOP grants enable local public libraries to support public awareness and family engagement outcomes in the RTT-ELC grant.
Mini-grants that were awarded to successful applicants must support at least one of the following purposes:
- Promote the critical role of Early Achievers, Washington's Quality Rating and Improvement System, in assisting parents to make optimum child care choices and promoting quality child care;
- Create greater public awareness of the Washington State Early Learning and Development Guidelines and encourage their use; and
- Reach parents with high-quality parenting information using Love. Talk. Play. campaign materials and messaging.
Resources for EAOP Grantees
Original grant materials
As stated in the grant contract, the Office of the Secretary of State, Washington State Library, and the Department of Early Learning (DEL) must be acknowledged as providing funding and support to the EAOP grant projects in all project-related public events, press releases, printed materials, and Websites.
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Department of Early Learning
For questions concerning use of DEL materials, including approval of publications, press releases, and requesting copies of the Washington State Early Learning and Development Guidelines, contact: Amy Russell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 360.725.4936
Reporting & Deadlines
Reporting deadlines supersede deadlines set in the standard Claim Form & Instructions (below):
- 20th of each month—the monthly report form is due to WSL for the previous month, i.e. the August report should cover all work done through July and should include any meetings, planning, etc. done previous to when the contracts were finalized, as it is the first monthly report due; the September monthly report cover only the work done in August, etc.
- Monday, December 16, 2013—Date contract ends; all project activity must end, including the delivery of materials and services purchased;
- Tuesday, December 31, 2013—Final report and final claim due.
Please use the below forms for EAOP reporting: