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ERIC Number: ED517164
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 182
Abstractor: ERIC
Learning to Read: A Guide to Federal Funding for Grade-Level Reading Proficiency
Hayes, Cheryl D.; Bhat, Soumya; Connors-Tadros, Lori; Martinez, Laura
Finance Project
The audience for this guide is state, local, and program leaders who want to learn more about federal funding sources that can support early literacy programs and systems reform. Funding available through federal programs can help address the underlying causes of children failing to learn to read by the end of third grade, such as limited access to quality early care and education. It can support remediation strategies, such as reversing summer learning loss, that affect early literacy. It can also support investments in systems and organizational capacity building in states and communities that are necessary to strengthen, coordinate, and expand proven approaches. The guide profiles 103 federal programs that can help promote grade-level reading proficiency directly or indirectly. It is structured to help state and local leaders quickly and easily grasp the: (1) specific program goals each funding stream can support; (2) organizations, programs, and service providers eligible to apply for funds; (3) children and families who qualify for program support; (4) application requirements; (5) average grant and contract amounts; (6) basis for allocating funds; and (7) administrative and reporting requirements. Many governors, mayors, state advisory councils, and other community-based collaborative groups are developing strategic plans for financing ambitious early literacy initiatives. Fiscal mapping provides a sound basis for helping state and local leaders grasp the public funding streams that can support their goals and assess the extent to which they are productively tapping these sources. It can also help state and local leaders clarify how they are currently allocating resources and whether these spending patterns align with their policy, program, and systems reform plans. Information in this federal funding guide provides a foundation for leaders to map existing federal funding flowing to their states and communities so they can evaluate the adequacy, durability, and flexibility of available resources. In the process, it can also help them identify other potentially productive funding sources to pursue in an effort to make the best use of all available resources. Appendices include: (1) Federal Funding Programs Aligned with Goal Areas and Purposes; (2) Funding Programs by Federal Agency; (3) Funding Programs Listed by Funding Type; and (4) Funding Sources That Have Matching Requirements. (Contains 7 tables, 1 figure and 32 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Authoring Institution: Finance Project