News in Brief

U.S. Education Department Awards $106 Million in Early Reading Grants

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

Even as the federal Reading First program may be headed for elimination, the initiative for improving the reading skills of preschool children is expanding to more locations. The U.S. Department of Education announced last week that 31 school districts, universities, state agencies, and local child care centers in 19 states will share $106 million in Early Reading First grants. The money is intended to improve early literacy and language skills in participating centers through additional professional development and instructional materials.

Reading First, the $1 billion-a-year initiative aimed at improving K-3 reading instruction, has been slated for elimination in the fiscal 2009 budget proposal passed by panels in both houses of Congress.

Early Reading First grants totalling more than $100 million annually have been awarded to some 30 applicants each year since 2002.

Vol. 28, Issue 05, Page 5

Published in Print: September 24, 2008, as U.S. Education Department Awards $106 Million in Early Reading Grants
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories