Early Reading First


To support local efforts to enhance the early language, literacy, and prereading development of preschool-aged children, particularly those from low-income families, through instructional strategies and professional development based on scientifically based reading research. Early Reading First programs must have a high-quality oral language and print-rich environment, and must monitor children's progress toward language, literacy, and cognitive goals using screening reading assessments and other appropriate measures.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 01/15/2013 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 as amended, Title I, Part B, Subpart 2.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The following entities are eligible to apply for an Early Reading First grant: (1) One or more local educational agencies that are eligible to receive a Reading First State grant subgrant; (2) One or more public or private organizations of agencies, acting on behalf of one or more programs that serve preschool age children (such as a Head Start program, a child care program, an Even Start Family literacy program, a lab school at a university), located in a community that is eligible for a Reading First grant; (3) One or more local educational agencies described in (1), in collaboration with one or more organizations or agencies described in (2).
Beneficiary Eligibility
Early childhood staff and children in early childhood programs benefit from this program.
This program is included under OMB Circular No. A-87. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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 OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Those applicants who are invited to submit a full application must prepare and submit them in accordance with the notice published in the Federal Register. By the due date, eligible applicants must submit to the U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, a complete application that addresses the purposes of the program, the selection criteria, the competitive priority included in the application notice, and includes all required assurances and signatures. Required assurances and certifications include: Assurances for Non-Construction Programs (SF 422B); Certification regarding Lobbying, Debarment; Suspension and Other Responsibility Matter, and Drug-Free Workplace Requirements (ED Form 80-0013); Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF LLL) (if applicable); Response to Notice to All Applicants (Section 427, GEPA). Applications should also include a Cover Page (SF-424); the required Budget Form (ED Form 524); an itemized budget and other budget information; proof of eligibility; a project abstract; and a program narrative that includes responses to selection criteria. Applicants are encouraged to submit (1) one original and (2) copies of their application.
Award Procedure
The Department of Education notifies successful applicants of awards. Contact the program office for more information.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The range of approval/disapproval time is approximately 60 to 120 days following the full application deadline.
Not Applicable.
The Department may award grants with a project period of up to 6 years. Renewals are subject to the availiability of appropriations.
How are proposals selected?
For further information, contact the program office.
How may assistance be used?
Program funds support projects designed to help early childhood centers improve their programs by creating centers of excellence that provide preschool-age children with language and cognitive skills and an early reading foundation. Funds must be used to: enhance children's language, cognitive, and early reading skills through professional development for teachers; provide early language and reading development and instructional materials as developed from scientifically based reading research; provide preschool-age children with cognitive learning opportunities in high-quality language and literature-rich environments; use screening assessments to effectively identify preschool children who may be at risk for reading failure; and improve existing early childhood programs by integrating scientifically based reading research into all aspects of the program (including instructional materials, teaching strategies, curricula, parent engagement, and professional development).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Progress reports must be submitted at the end of each budget period. Performance reports must be submitted at the end of the grant period. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. State and local governments that receive between $25,000 and $500,000 within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made in accordance with the Appendix to EDGAR, Part 80.
In accordance with the General Education Provisions Act and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), certain records must be retained for 3 years.
Other 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
Projects may be funded for a period of up to 6 years. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Rebecca Marek, Department of Education, OESE Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: rebecca.marek@ed.gov Phone: (202) 260-0968.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 09 $112,549,000; FY 10 $0; FY 11 $0 - No new obligations are expected in FYs 2010 or 2011.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), Parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available


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