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This page is under construction, but we are working to create a page to easily guide you to all Literacy related grants/organizations/events/etc at the Department of Education.


Adult Education and Family Literacy Act



Center for Inquiry on Literacy

As the Department of Education has moved the Center for Inquiry on Literacy into its second year, a literacy team has been put in place.  This team is working to coordinate efforts to improve academic achievement and elevate aspirations of all Maine’s elementary students through engagement of schools and the larger community in dialogue around effective literacy practices.  The Center’s literacy team is composed of consultants from the Department of Education and receives input from the Literacy Workgroup. You can find more information on their website at:



Maine Family Literacy Initiative

The Maine Family Literacy Initiative (MEFLI) is a program of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy designed to support the development and/or improvement of family literacy throughout the state of Maine.

The Maine Family Literacy Initiative, in partnership with the Maine Department of Education has awarded 151 grants for a total of $2,552,860 to develop or expand Maine family literacy programs in its twelve-year history. In June, planning grants of $5,000 were awarded to the communities of Gray, Bethel, Van Buren, Ashland, Wiscasset, and Bar Mills.  Ten grants of up to $25,000 were awarded to provide four component family literacy programs to the communities of Falmouth, Bangor, Skowhegan, Sanford, Phippsburg, Damariscotta, Howland, Madawaska, Thorndike, and Rockland. 


Maine Literacy Partnership

The Maine Literacy Partnership is a school-wide literacy program designed to increase the literacy achievement of all students in grades K-3.  Maine Literacy Partnership provides a dynamic framework for literacy learning that connects reading and writing.  It also develops local capacity by training a building-level Literacy Coach.  You can find more informationon their website at:



Maine Reading First


Universal Literacy Elements for Deeper and More Powerful Content Learning

A resource that highlights 6 common literacy elements that will:

  • lead to greater student engagement, learning and achievement across content areas
  • provide teachers with guidance for using essential instructional practices
  • link to strategies that supports learning


This document as well as expanded literacy resource information can also be found at: