School District Listing for U.S. Department of Education Award for $108.8 Million in Early Reading First Grants

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the award of more than $108.8 million in Early Reading First grants to 28 local education agencies and other public or private organizations in 18 states and Washington, D.C., to improve the school readiness of young children, especially those from low-income families. The Department of Education awards Early Reading First grants to school districts and non-profit organizations to improve the instruction and environment provided by preschool programs supported by the Title I program, Head Start, and publicly funded or subsidized child care.

In March, as President Obama announced his agenda for improving educational outcomes from cradle through career, he challenged states to develop a cutting-edge plan to raise the quality of their early learning programs. Programs like Early Reading First and the proposed Early Learning Challenge Fund legislation, a part of the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009, will help states raise the bar for early learning programs.

The President’s Fiscal Year 2010 budget request includes a $50 million increase for Early Reading First and would support up to 52 new projects to help early childhood programs meet the challenges of preparing pre-school children for success in school by providing high-quality, research-based experiences in language and early literacy. Existing programs like Early Reading First and Head Start, along with the proposed Early Learning Challenge Fund legislation—a component of the zero-to-five initiative—will be of great importance as the Administration pursues the President’s commitment to expanding support for quality early childhood education. Here’s a complete list of grantees:

Applicant Name State Three Year Amount
Fontana Unified School District–Early Education, Instructional Services
Project Name:  Unified School District – Ready to Read
CA $2,887,050.00
Long Beach Unified School District
Project Name: Long Beach Unified School District’s SPARK Program – Students in Preschool Acquiring Reading Knowledge
CA $3,516,055.00
School District 1, City and County of Denver
Project Name: Lab Enhanced Approach to ReadiNess (LEARN) in Denver Public Schools
CO $2,926,398.00
Weld County School District 6
Project Name:  Greeley Early Reading First Project:  Early Excellence
CO $3,282,004.00
Septima Clark Public Charter School
Project Name: Helping Emergent Literacy Progress (HELP)
DC $2,651,715.00
University of Delaware–Delaware Center for Teacher Education, Human Services Education and Public Policy
Project Name:  Unlocking Doors to Language and Literacy
DE $3,674,921.00
United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education
Project Name:  Literacy Enhancement for Early Readers (LEER)
FL $3,570,226.00
Clarke County School District—Office of Early Learning, Instructional Services
Project Name: Ready to Read
GA $5,823,608.00
United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta
Project Name:  APPLE:  Atlanta Preschools Pursuing Literacy Excellence
GA $4,486,866.00
University of Hawaii–Center on the Family
Project Name:  Hui A’o Mua
HI $3,812,216.00
Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois–Center for Literacy
Project Name:  Opening the World of Learning
IL $4,194,555.00
Chicago Public Schools, District #299—Early Childhood Education
Project Name:  Enhancing Early Reading in Chicago (EERIC)
IL $4,044,066.00
Illinois Action for Children—Early Learning
Project Name:  Illinois Action for Community Early Reading First
IL $2,286,525.11
Little Sprouts, Inc.
Project Name:  EPIC:  Excellence, Passion, Innovation and Courage
MA $4,395,813.00
University of Massachusetts Boston—Institute for Community Inclusion, Early Childhood
Project Name:  Early Literacy Matters
MA $3,763,701.00
Office of Public Instruction, Montana Office of–Education Services, Educational Opportunity and Equity
Project Name:  The Montana Partnership for Early Literacy
MT $6,090,241.00
Columbus County Schools
Project Name:  CORE:  Communities Organizing for Reading
NC $4,319,641.00
Southwest Institute for Families and Children–New Mexico Chapter
Project Name:  Pump Up the Volume in Preschool (PVIP)
NM $5,628,801.00
Binghamton City School District
Project Name:  Project CLEAR (Creating Learning for Equal Access to Reading)
NY $4,317,831.00
Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Education Services—Human Resources Department
Project Name:  Bridges to Literacy (BtL)
NY $3,277,488.00
Olean City School District
Project Name:  MADE:  Make A Difference Early
NY $2,749,102.00
The University of Akron—Curricular and Instructional Studies, College of Education
Project Name:  Teaching Technology Transfer for Language and

Literacy Learning in Child Care Centers (TLC3): An Innovative Approach

OH $3,726,887.00
Connecting for Children and Families, Inc
Project Name:  Phenomenal Readers:  Northern Rhode Island’s Early Reading Project
RI $3,329,172.00
The Providence Plan
Project Name:  Ready to Learn
RI $3,930,000.00
Mt. Pleasant Independent School District
Project Name:  Community of Readers (CoRe)
TX $3,095,291.00
South San Antonio Independent School District
Project Name:  STARS (Systematic, Targeted, and Appropriate, Reading Strategies)
TX $4,500,000.00
Norfolk Public Schools
Project Name:  Project PURPLE (Preschoolers Up on Readiness, Pre-Reading and Literacy Enrichment)
VA $4,500,000.00
Puget Sound Educational Service District–Learning and Teaching
Project Name: Highline Foundations for Literacy
WA $4,102,582.00

Source: Department of Education

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