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New Mexico Public Education Department: New Mexico Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant Program

Deadline: June 8, 2018

The Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) Grant Program aims to support the continuum of language, emergent literacy, and literacy skills for children using interventions with solid evidence of effectiveness. The grant opportunity prioritizes serving underserved children, especially those living in poverty, English learners, and children with disabilities.

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, New Mexico Department of Health) and adhere to all federal and state program requirements.
  • Elementary schools (grades K–5)
  • Middle school (grades 6–8)
  • High school (grades 9–12)

Applicants serving underserved populations of children will receive priority for grant funding. PED defines underserved children as those 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 15% limited English proficiency
  • At least 16% receiving special education services

The federal SRCL program requires that all LEA’s submit a local literacy plan that:

  • Describes how birth through grade 12 students will be supported with language and literacy
  • Is informed by a comprehensive needs assessment
  • Provides professional development
  • Includes interventions and practices that are supported by moderate or strong evidence
  • Is aligned with the statewide literacy framework
  • Includes a plan to track children’s outcomes consistent with applicable privacy requirements

Amount: The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) was awarded a $20,000,000 Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The state will award $19,000,000 to New Mexico communities to support local literacy efforts, with the remaining funds devoted to statewide training and technical assistance to support local grantees. PED is requesting applications for a three-year grant period.

Eligibility:

  • Individual school districts or charter schools
  • Consortia of two or more regional districts or charter schools
  • Regional Education Cooperatives (RECs) applying on behalf of a regional consortium

Link: https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/information/rfps-rfis-rfas/

Note: Technical assistance webinars will be held on May 3, 2018 and May 10, 2018.

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