In our work to improve the lives of Oregon children through reading, we are joined by countless community organizations, passionately united in the common cause of educating our youth. Education is a responsibility shared by many – parents, teachers, public schools, government institutions and private organizations. SMART works with a number of organizations to improve and expand our service offerings and, ultimately, help to create better, brighter futures for children across the state.

Early Literacy Success Alliance

The Early Literacy Success Alliance (ELSA) is a coalition of Oregon nonprofit partners and public libraries with proven impact dedicated to providing children and their families with the access, support, resources and instruction they need to establish a strong foundation of literacy.

Collectively, we serve as valuable allies to the public education system, supporting educators, schools and school districts, and families by applying our mutual skills and resources to help ensure children are prepared for successful futures.

ELSA Members:

  • Black Parent Initiative
  • The Children’s Book Bank
  • Metropolitan Family Service
  • Multnomah County Library
  • Oregon Public Libraries
  • Reach Out and Read Oregon
  • Reading Results
  • The Shadow Project
  • SMART (Start Making A Reader Today)

To learn more about ELSA, visit www.earlyliteracysuccess.org.

Community SMART

In light of research proving the importance of out-of-school time (OST) in children’s learning and development, SMART is piloting a new OST model that will be delivered outside of the school day in partnership with community organizations. To learn more about SMART’s OST model, click here.