The Washoe County Nev. School District has been awarded a $4.2 million grant to fund literacy programs in several schools.
The grant is part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant and will support a variety of programs designed to promote literacy among children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Nevada received a total of $71 million through this competitive grant program over a five-year period.
“This is very, very good news for our district,” said Kristen McNeill, WCSD Chief Strategies Officer. “Through the Literacy for Lifelong Learning Project (L3 Project), our schools, teachers, students, and parents will be the direct beneficiaries of this funding. It is a comprehensive program reaching our youngest learners up through our high school-age students.”
The grant will include funding for teacher training in integrated technology and common core standards. It will also provide support for family engagement programs with a particular focus on populations including homeless children, special needs students, English language learners, and low-income students. Under terms of the grant, funding is specifically targeted for literacy advancement programs in Pre-K through 12th grade and cannot be used to supplement budget shortfalls.