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SMIF Early Literacy Grant Program

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) recently awarded 19,040 children’s books to 53 organizations through its Early Literacy Grant Program. 

This grant supports early literacy efforts that enhance school readiness for children birth to age eight by providing children with books.

Organizations that were awarded Early Literacy Grants because they provide outstanding early literacy opportunities for young children and their families, include

  • Goodhue Public Schools

  • Northfield Public Schools Community Education

  • Three Rivers Community Action in Zumbrota

  • Tri-Valley Opportunity Council Elgin

Award recipients were provided with a selection of titles donated by the publishing companies, including bilingual- and early childhood-appropriate books.

The organizations will incorporate the books into their programs and events where young children will receive books to take home and keep.


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