New Mexico Education Department: Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant Program
The New Mexico Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) Grant Program strives to improve the pre-literacy skills of children under 5 years of age and significantly increase the percentage of elementary, middle, and high school students meeting the state’s language and literacy standards, especially disadvantaged/traditionally and underserved children. Specifically, the CLSD will support early language and literacy skills for children birth to age 5, increase the number of children reading on grade level by the end of third grade, and boost reading proficiencies for students in grades 4-12. Successful applicants will support the continuum of language, emergent literacy, and literacy skills for children from birth through grade 12 using interventions with solid evidence of effectiveness.
Applicants are required to identify a birth through grade 12 progression that serves underserved populations of children (defined below). All programs or schools for the following age spans must be included in the application:
- Certified early care and education (ECE) providers and programs serving children birth to kindergarten. Note: all ECE providers must be certified by a federal or New Mexico state agency (e.g., Head Start, Early Head Start, New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department) and adhere to all federal and state program requirements.
- Elementary schools (grades K–5).
- Middle schools (grades 6–8).
- High schools (grades 9–12).
Applicants serving underserved populations of children will receive priority for grant funding. Underserved is defined as children who are economically disadvantaged, identified as English language learners/limited English proficient, or receiving special education services. Priority will be given to districts meeting one or more of the following criteria, which are based on state averages:
- At least 74% economically disadvantaged children
- At least 14% limited English proficiency
- At least 16% receiving special education services
Applicants will receive priority points if the:
- Local Education Agency (LEA) is eligible for Small, Rural School Achievement Program or Rural and Low Income Program
- LEA has a high number of children in foster care
Amount: A total of $38,000,000 will be awarded. Award ranges are not specified. The grant period will be five years (from February 2020-June 2024).
Eligibility: Individual school districts or charter schools or consortia of two or more regional districts or charter schools.
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