[Federal Register: April 2, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 63)]
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[CFDA No. 84.357]

Reading First--Applications for State Grants

AGENCY: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of 

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


SUMMARY: 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.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 

    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: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/readingfirst.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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: ReadingFirst@ed.gov.
    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 
    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.

    Dated: March 29, 2002.
Susan B. Neuman,
Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.
[FR Doc. 02-8036 Filed 4-1-02; 8:45 am]