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Early Literacy Grant

History and Purpose

The Early Literacy Grant is designed to distribute funds to local education providers, including school districts, BOCES, and district charter schools or Institute Charter Schools, to ensure the essential components of reading instruction are embedded into all elements of the primary, K-3 teaching structures in all schools, including universal and targeted and intensive instructional interventions, to assist all students in achieving reading competency. On August 8, 2012, CDE presented to the State Board proposed draft rules related to the Early Literacy Grant, one component of the READ Act. After receiving written public comments and holding a rulemaking hearing on October 17, 2012, the State Board voted unanimously to adopt the Early Literacy Grant rules.

The Early Literacy Grant is funded every three years. The current cycle of the grant is from 2013-2016. The 2013-2014 school year was the first year of the grant program, implemented in 30 schools representing 15 school districts in 7 regions of the state.


2016-17 Grant Cycle Open

Approximately $4 million is available for the Early Literacy Grant Program for the 2016-2017 school year.

Recorded Webinar:

A webinar was held on February 3, 2016 and was recorded for access throughout the application process.

Application Documents:

Early Literacy Grant Application - Applications are due Tuesday, March 15.

Early Literacy Electronic Budget workbook

Application Cover Pages and Assurances

Letter of Intent - Submit letters of intent to apply by Friday, February 5

Approved On-site Consultants for the Early Literacy Grant


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