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Informational Letter #: 77
Policy Code: DD
TO: Superintendents of Schools
FROM: J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner
DATE: May 8, 2002
RE: Early Reading First Grants
The U.S. Department of Education has $75 million available to award nationally through a competitive grant process, the purpose of which is to ensure that existing preschool programs provide high quality early education for young children, especially those from low-income families. Not all LEAs are eligible to apply for Early Reading First grants. To find out whether your LEA is eligible as well as other information about the grant application process, access the U.S. Department of Education web page for Early Reading First at http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/earlyreading. To access the eligibility list, click Grant Information in the site index on the homepage. On the Grant Information page click the state-by-state list.
Approximate number of grants is: 175 in fiscal year 2002 (nationally)
Range of awards is: $250,000 - $1,500,000
Grants are for a period not to exceed 3 years
Timeline For Early Reading First
Application package available: May 17, 2002
Pre-application due: June 12, 2002
Invitation for full application: July 29, 2002
Full application due: September 15, 2002
Review of application: October 2002
Site visits: November 2002
Grants awarded: December 2002
LEAs will apply directly to the U.S. Department of Education for Early Reading First Grants.
If you have questions regarding this initiative or cannot access the information through the Early Reading First website, please contact: Patricia McKee at ERF@gov, or Tracy Bethel or Jennifer Flood by telephone at 202-260-4555.