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Early Literacy Success Alliance (ELSA)

The Early Literacy Success Alliance (ELSA) is a coalition of Oregon nonprofit partners and public libraries with proven impact dedicated to providing at-risk 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
  • Oregon Public Libraries
  • Reach Out and Read Oregon
  • Reading Results
  • The Shadow Project
  • SMART (Start Making A Reader Today)

Reading is the gateway to learning; yet right now in Oregon, thousands of children aren’t prepared to meet an educational milestone essential to learning success: third-grade reading. The 2013 Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills shows that 34 percent of Oregon’s third-grade students are not meeting state reading standards. Furthermore, an alarming achievement gap exists among populations of students at greater risk for falling behind.


Oregon’s successful achievement of its 40-40-20 educational goal will hinge upon improving reading rates of all our students.