Partnerships for Literacy

Partnerships for Literacy is an academic intervention that schools can implement to boost their students’ early literacy outcomes. It was developed by the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center. It is not a classroom-level intervention, rather, it builds infrastructure within a school to develop/improve family engagement practices that have an impact on how families, school staff, and community partners support literacy development.

The intended result is improved home and school supports for early language and literacy development for young children through:

  • the implementation of a locally developed plan, aligned with the school’s reading plan and linking to community resources,
  • a sustainable, representative, family-teacher team that is linked to the school’s building leadership team and focused on the needs of all families through family and community engagement practices, and
  • teachers who practice more effective family engagement.

All of Ohio’s State Support Team offices have at least 1 coach trained to support Partnerships for Literacy in Ohio schools. Materials are available in Spanish, Chinese, Somali, and Arabic, so that a representative set of families can participate on Partnerships for Literacy teams.

Learn more on our Partnerships for Literacy Resource Page for Schools.

Schools within the following districts in Ohio are currently implementing Partnerships for Literacy:

  1. Canton
  2. Cincinnati
  3. Dayton
  4. Edison
  5. Fairfield
  6. Garfield Heights
  7. Lancaster
  8. Madison
  9. Milton-Union
  10. New Lexington
  11. Niles
  12. Perkins
  13. Ridgedale
  14. Riverside
  15. Strasburg-Franklin
  16. Streetsboro
  17. Swanton
  18. Switzerland of Ohio
  19. Union Local
  20. Wellington Exempted Village
  21. Wellston
  22. Western

Ohio Parents and Caregivers -- Click Here to Apply to be on our Advisory Council in 2021 -- Applications Due November 26, 2020

We are now recruiting Ohio parents and caregivers of Ohio children from birth to grade 12 to be members of our advisory council beginning in January 2021!

Click here to apply now or download and share the application with families in your community.

Applications are due by November 26, 2020, and can be emailed as an attachment to

To read more about the work of the council, visit our state advisory council web page.