Early Reading First Program CFDA 84.359A and 84.359B

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Purpose of Program:
This program supports local efforts to enhance the oral language, cognitive, and early reading skills of preschool-aged children, especially those from low-income families, through strategies, materials, and professional development that are grounded in scientifically based reading research.

The specific activities for which recipients must use grant funds are identified in section 1222(d) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA).

This and other relevant provisions of the ESEA are included in the application package.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Numbers:
8 4. 359A and 8 4. 359B.

Pre- and full applications for grants under the Early Reading First program, CFDA number 8 4. 359A (pre-application) and CFDA number 8 4. 359B (full application), must be submitted electronically using the Governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site at http://www.Grants.gov.

Through this site, you will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit your pre- or full application.

You may not e-mail an electronic copy of a grant application to us.

You may access the electronic grant application for the Early Reading First competition at http://www.Grants.gov.

You must search for the downloadable application package for this competition by the CFDA number.

Do not include the CFDA number's alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search for 8 4. 359, not 8 4. 359A).

The telephone number for the grants.gov Helpdesk is 1-800-518-4726 or e-mail:
Related Programs

Early Reading First

Department of Education

Agency: Department of Education


Estimated Funding: $111,424,000

Who's Eligible

Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
Early Reading First Program CFDA 84.359A and 84.359B; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009

Additional Information of Eligibility:

Eligible Applicants: Under this competition, eligible applicants are: (a) One or more LEAs, including charter schools that are considered LEAs under State law, 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-aged children (such as a Head Start program, a child care program, 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.

Lists, by State, of LEAs that qualify under paragraph (a) of this definition for this FY 2009 competition are posted on the Early Reading First Web site at http://www.ed.gov/programs/earlyreading/ eligibility.html.

These lists are based on the most recent information provided by each State and the Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) to the Department's Reading First program, and are posted for the convenience of Early Reading First applicants.

However, we consider it to be each applicant's responsibility to verify with the Reading First office in its State, or with the BIE, as appropriate, whether a particular LEA is eligible to receive a subgrant under the Reading First program as of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register.

A list of State and BIE contacts for this purpose is also posted at the Early Reading First Web site at http://www.ed.gov/programs/earlyreading/eligibility.html.11 Eligibility determination date: The date governing whether an LEA is eligible to receive a subgrant under the Reading First program is the date of publication in the Federal Register of this notice inviting applications for new awards under the Early Reading First program for FY 2009.

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