U.S. Department of Education awards Colorado five-year, $16 million grant for literacy advancement

View this email in your browser
Sept. 9, 2020 
For more information, contact:
CDE Communications Division

News Release


U.S. Department of Education awards Colorado five-year, $16 million grant for literacy advancement  

DENVER – The U.S. Department of Education awarded Colorado a $16 million grant to implement the Colorado Comprehensive Literacy Project, which aims to advance literacy skills for children from birth to grade 12 with special emphasis on disadvantaged children, including children living in poverty, English learners and children with disabilities.

The Comprehensive Literacy State Development Program is a competitive federal grant that seeks to improve literacy in the state by using evidence-based practices, activities and interventions, including pre-literacy skills. The grant will span five years and will provide funding to districts through a competitive grant process.

“We are so thrilled to receive this grant—especially in tough budget times," said Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes. "This funding will enable the state to build upon the progress from the READ Act, which focuses resources on students in kindergarten through third grade. This grant will allow us to support learning prior to kindergarten and after third grade.  And it will allow us to focus on historically underserved populations.”

The grant will provide professional development and technical assistance, literacy coaching, and will help districts disseminate family literacy information. Ninety-five percent of the funds will be directed to school districts, both rural and urban that are geographically diverse, and funds will be distributed to at least three Qualified Opportunity Zones throughout Colorado.

The Colorado Comprehensive Literacy Project activities will also create an infrastructure for districts to develop their own local literacy plans and to apply for funding to implement research-based literacy strategies and interventions. The timeline and process for distributing the funds through a competitive process is still being determined. 

For more information about the Comprehensive Literacy State Development Program, please click here. 


Copyright © 2017 Colorado Department of Education, All rights reserved.
You received this message because you signed up to receive news from the Colorado Department of Education.

Our mailing address is:
Colorado Department of Education
201 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list
Share this post:

Comments on "U.S. Department of Education awards Colorado five-year, $16 million grant for literacy advancement "

Comments 0-5 of 0

Please login to comment