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Free Kentucky Bilingual Early Literacy Initiative

Hannah Edelen, Miss Kentucky 2022, a teacher and author who created Read Ready Kentucky to equip all children with the tools to change the world through reading, has partnered with Footsteps2Brilliance to provide free access to a selection of 500 interactive and award-winning digital ebooks, songs, and activities. These fun resources are available in English and Spanish to all Kentucky children and families, creating a much-needed bridge between school and home. This initiative serves more than 4.5 million residents in the state.

In support of Kentucky’s early literacy focus, Footsteps2Brilliance is generously donating this free selection of ebooks, songs, games, and activities, valued at $3,000,000. Families and caregivers of young children and students can access these free resources via the Internet at

Take Learning to the Next Level The Model Innovation City Initiative

Footsteps2Brilliance has active and successful Model Innovation City licensed partnerships with county offices of education, school districts, and organizations throughout Kentucky and around the U.S. These transformative partnerships offer families and teachers access to the complete Footsteps2Brilliance suite of programs. In turn, schools, districts, and counties can use the Footsteps2Brilliance Report Dashboards to monitor impact on student achievement, make intervention decisions, and support academic fidelity for ALL students.

Footsteps2Brilliance Supports

The complete licensed curriculum is aligned to the Kentucky standards for reading, Head Start, Kentucky early childhood standards, English language arts, and English language development.

How Do These Initiatives Compare?

Free Online Library

Kentucky’s Bilingual Early Literacy Initiative

  • Access: All families and residents in the state of Kentucky
  • A selection of approximately 500 bilingual ebooks and educational games.
  • 100% bilingual English and Spanish
  • Culturally relevant
  • 24/7 Access via Internet only

The Model Innovation
City Initiative

  • Access: Families and residents in participating counties and districts that license our program
  • The complete program. More than 4,000+ bilingual ebooks, songs, educational games, and assignable lessons.
  • 100% bilingual English and Spanish
  • Culturally relevant
  • 24/7 Access
  • Footsteps2Brilliance School Edition (PK to Grade 3)
  • Clever Kids U: Pre-Reader (PK)
  • Clever Kids U: I Can Read (K- Grade 1)
  • Summer Climb Bilingual Curriculum
  • Assignment Library
  • Customized educational playlists
  • Alignment to district core ELA curriculum
  • Offline access via apps
    (No Wi-Fi required to play)
  • Community, district, school,
    classroom aggregate reporting
  • Executive impact reports
  • Proficiency reporting to support RTI and MTSS
  • Proficiency-based assignments
  • Professional Development
  • Bilingual Parent University
  • Literacy Collaborative
  • Literacy Ambassador Program

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know whether my district has access to the Model Innovation City licensed program?

The complete Footsteps2Brilliance licensed program is available to families for free when we partner with districts and organizations that provide access. Find a partnership in your area at

Can I get the complete program if my district does not have a licensed partnership?

All Kentucky families have FREE access to our basic selection of ebooks and educational games at If you would like your school or district to know more about our complete licensed program, please refer them to this page.

How can I get additional help?

For additional questions, contact

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