Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Arkansas CLSD Grant

On October 1, 2019, the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education was awarded a federal Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) grant from the US Department of Education. The Division is required to subgrant no less than 95 percent of the award to eligible subgrantees. At least 15 percent of the grant funds must serve children from birth through kindergarten entry; 40 percent must serve students in kindergarten through grade 5; and 40 percent (split equitably) must serve students in middle and high schools.
The purpose of the CLSD is to award subgrants that advance literacy skills and development. These skills include preliteracy skills, reading, and writing for all children from birth through grade 12. 

K-12 CLSD Request for Applications 

The Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requests applications for Arkansas Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) Grants for K-12 schools and/or districts. Eligible entities are entities categorized as a Local Education Agency (LEA). 
This application asks LEAs to be creative and innovative in order to support the DESE’s vision of transforming Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused education.
AR CLSD Request for Applications (PDF)
CLSD Guidelines and Objectives (DOCX)
Grant Division of Learning Services Legal Information (DOCX)
FY21 Grants Budget and Narrative (XLSX)
K-12 CLSD Request for Applications Webinar

For more information, please contact:

Amy E. Counts, MSE
CLSD Grant Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Division of Learning Services, Curriculum Support Literacy Unit
Four Capitol Mall, Rm. 202-B
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
Telephone: 501-682-4311
Unit Telephone: 501-683-0914

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