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Subject: Early Reading First Grants
Source: Barb Gilpin, Interim Assistant Director, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: Local Educational Agencies, Head Start, Even Start, private or public organizations serving preschool aged children

Date: February 14, 2007

An announcement calling for pre-application proposals for the Early Reading First Grants was published in the January 2007 Federal Register.
Pre-application proposals are due February 21 and complete applications are due May 29 for those applicants invited to submit a full application.
Eligible applicants include: (a) one or more local educational agencies
(LEAs) that are eligible to receive a subgrant under the Reading First program (Title I, Part B, Subpart 1 of the ESEA); (b) one or more public or private organizations or agencies (including faith-based
organizations) located in a community served by an eligible LEA; or, (c) one or more eligible LEAs, applying in collaboration with one or more eligible organizations or agencies. To qualify under paragraph (b) of this definition, the organization's or agency's application must be on behalf of one or more programs that serve preschool age children (such as a Head Start program, a child care program, or a family literacy program such as Even Start, or a lab school at a university), unless the organization or agency itself operates a preschool program. A list of eligible LEAs that qualify under paragraph (a) of this definition for this FY 2007 competition will be posted on the Early Reading First website at http://www.ed.gov/programs/earlyreading/index.html.

Estimated Range of Awards: $1,500,000-$4,500,000. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $3,000,000. Estimated Number of Awards: 23-68.

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