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Reading First-Applications for State Grants

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Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education.


Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2002.


The Department of Education invites State educational agencies to apply for Reading First grants. Reading First is the largest—and yet most focused—early reading initiative this country has ever undertaken. Reading First focuses on what works, and will support scientifically based, proven methods of early reading instruction for students in kindergarten through third grade.

Purpose of Program: Reading First provides assistance to State and local educational agencies to establish scientifically based reading programs in kindergarten through third grade classrooms, to ensure that all children learn to read well by the end of third grade.

Eligible Applicants: State educational agencies from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Applications Available: April 2, 2002.

Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 29, 2002 in order to receive funds on July 1, 2002 (pending approval). Final deadline: July 1, 2003.

Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 1, 2003.

Estimated Available Funds: $872,500,000.

Estimated Number of Awards: 57.


The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice.

Project Period: Up to 72 months.

Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 76, 77, 79, 80, 82, 85, 97, 98, and 99.

For Applications Contact: Sandi Jacobs, Reading First Program Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 2W108, Washington, DC 20202-6201. Telephone: (202) 401-4877 or via Internet:​offices/​OESE/​readingfirst.

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Chris Doherty, Reading First Program Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 2w108, Washington, DC 20202-6201. Telephone: (202) 401-4877 or via email:

If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application package in an alternative format by contacting that person. However, the Department is not able to reproduce in an alternative format the standard forms included in the application package.

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Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1201-1208.

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Dated: March 29, 2002.

Susan B. Neuman,

Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.

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[FR Doc. 02-8036 Filed 4-1-02; 8:45 am]