YOUNGSTOWN — The Ohio Department of Education awarded the Youngstown City School District a $1.96 million grant to bolster literacy initiatives throughout the district.
The four-year Comprehensive State Literacy Grant will provide $393,750 for birth to age 5 literacy programs; $1,050,000 for kindergarten through fifth grade; and $525,000 for high school.
The grant will support literacy initiatives underway in the district and will foster collaboration among YCSD schools, stakeholders and community partners, a news release states. It will support instructional priorities that are tailored to the needs of each school.
Grant funds will be used to support literacy coaches within the district and to support areas of literacy outlined in the state plan and the district’s Reading Achievement Plan, which is aimed at raising student achievement in reading and was approved last spring by the ODE.
“I want to thank all of our educators and administrators who devoted extensive time and effort into securing this grant,” CEO Justin Jennings said in the release. “It will help us strengthen the literacy foundation we construct for our scholars.”