Ready-To-Learn Television

To facilitate student academic achievement by developing educational programming and digital content, with accompanying educational support materials, for preschool and early elementary school children and their families.

Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Innovation and Improvement
Types of Assistance
Uses and Use Restrictions
The program makes awards to support the development and distribution of educational video programming and digital content, and related outreach materials. Administrative costs are limited by the authorizing statute. Entities receiving a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement from the Secretary may not use more than five percent of the amounts received for the normal and customary expenses of administering the grant.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title II, Part D, Subpart 3.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
To be eligible to receive a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement, an entity shall be a public telecommunications entity that can demonstrate a capacity to: (1) develop and disseminate educational and instructional television programming nationwide; (2) contract with the producers of children's television programming; (3) negotiate such contracts in a manner that returns an appropriate share of ancillary income from sales of program-related products; and (4) localize programming and materials to meet specific State and local needs.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Programming is to be made widely available, with support materials as appropriate, to young children, their parents, child care workers, and Head Start and Even Start providers.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. This procedure is described in the application notice published annually in the Federal Register. Contact the headquarters office listed below for application packages containing the announcement, application, and forms.
Award Procedure
Applications are reviewed and evaluated by outside experts and program staff, in accordance with the administrative regulations governing the Evaluation of Applications for Grants and Cooperative Agreements (34 CFR 75, Subpart D).
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Approximately 60 days following the application deadline.
Not Applicable.
As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) for direct grant program (see 34 CFR 75.253). Generally, for multiple-year awards, continuation awards after the first budget period are made if: sufficient funds have been appropriated; the recipient has either made substantial progress in meeting the goals of the project or obtained approval for changes in the project; the recipient has submitted all required reports; and continuation is in the best interest of the government.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Following an initial award of 12 months, four additional 1-year, non-competing continuation awards may be made, for a total term of 5 years. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Post Assistance Requirements
The recipient must submit an annual report. At a minimum, the report must describe the program activities including: (1) Programming that has been developed directly or indirectly and the target population of the programs developed; (2) supporting materials that have been developed to accompany the programming and the method by which materials are distributed to consumers and users of the programming; (3) the means by which programming developed has been distributed, including the distinct learning technologies that have been utilized to make programming available and the geographic distribution achieved through such technologies; and (4) the initiatives undertaken to develop public or private partnerships to secure nonfederal support to develop and distribute the broadcasting of educational and instructional programming. Cash reports are not applicable. Grantees must submit an annual performance report (APR) as required under EDGAR 34 CFR 74.50. Expenditure reports are monitored through the APR. Program performance is monitored through the APR.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
As required by EDGAR for direct grant programs (34 CFR 75). The grantee must maintain records and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, revenues, or other applicable credits acquired under its award as stated or contract terms and conditions. (34 CFR 75.721). Generally, records related to grant funds, compliance, and performance must be maintained for a period of five years after completion.
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $25,741,000; FY 15 est $25,741,000; and FY 16 est $25,741,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The regulations applicable to this program are in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) 34 CFR, 74, 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84,85, 97,98, and 99.
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Brian Lekander Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Technology in Education Programs 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 205-5633
Website Address
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
The Department uses the selection criteria contained in the Education General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) to evaluate applications to this program. The specific criteria to be used for a particular grant competition are selected from among these in 34 CFR 75, Section 75.210, and announced in the application package or the application notice in the Federal Register.
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