SEC. 2223

SUBGRANTS TO ELIGIBLE ENTITIES IN SUPPORT OF BIRTH THROUGH KINDERGARTEN ENTRY LITERACY

 

 

Section Summary

 


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``SEC. 2223. <<NOTE: 20 USC 6643.>> SUBGRANTS TO ELIGIBLE ENTITIES
                          IN SUPPORT OF BIRTH THROUGH KINDERGARTEN
                          ENTRY LITERACY.

    ``(a) Subgrants.--
            ``(1) In general.--A State educational agency receiving a
        grant under this subpart shall, in consultation with the State
        agencies responsible for administering early childhood education
        programs and services, including the State agency responsible
        for administering child care programs, and, if applicable, the
        State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care
        designated or established pursuant to section 642B(b)(1)(A)(i) 
        of the Head Start Act (42 U.S.C. 9837b(b)(1)(A)(i)), use a
        portion of the grant funds, in accordance with section
        2222(d)(2)(D)(i), to award subgrants, on a competitive basis, to
        eligible entities to enable the eligible entities to support
        high-quality early literacy initiatives for children from birth
        through kindergarten entry.
            ``(2) Duration.--The term of a subgrant under this section
        shall be determined by the State educational agency awarding the
        subgrant and shall in no case exceed 5 years.
            ``(3) Sufficient size and scope.--Each subgrant awarded
        under this section shall be of sufficient size and scope to
        allow the eligible entity to carry out high-quality early
        literacy initiatives for children from birth through
        kindergarten entry.

    ``(b) Local Applications.--An eligible entity desiring to receive a
subgrant under this section shall submit an application to the State
educational agency, at such time, in such manner, and containing such
information as the State educational agency may require. Such
application shall include a description of--
            ``(1) how the subgrant funds will be used to enhance the
        language and literacy development and school readiness of
        children, from birth through kindergarten entry, in early
        childhood education programs, which shall include an analysis of
        data that support the proposed use of subgrant funds;

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            ``(2) how the subgrant funds will be used to prepare and
        provide ongoing assistance to staff in the programs, including
        through high-quality professional development;
            ``(3) how the activities assisted under the subgrant will be
        coordinated with comprehensive literacy instruction at the
        kindergarten through grade 12 levels; and
            ``(4) how the subgrant funds will be used to evaluate the
        success of the activities assisted under the subgrant in
        enhancing the early language and literacy development of
        children from birth through kindergarten entry.

    ``(c) Priority.--In awarding grants under this section, the State
educational agency shall give priority to an eligible entity that will
use the grant funds to implement evidence-based activities, defined for
the purpose of this subsection as activities meeting the requirements of
section 8101(21)(A)(i).
    ``(d) Local Uses of Funds.--An eligible entity that receives a
subgrant under this section shall use the subgrant funds, consistent
with the entity's approved application under subsection (b), to--
            ``(1) carry out high-quality professional development
        opportunities for early childhood educators, teachers, 
        principals, other school leaders, paraprofessionals, specialized
        instructional support personnel, and instructional leaders;
            ``(2) train providers and personnel to develop and
        administer evidence-based early childhood education literacy
        initiatives; and
            ``(3) coordinate the involvement of families, early
        childhood education program staff, principals, other school
        leaders, specialized instructional support personnel (as
        appropriate), and teachers in literacy development of children
        served under the subgrant.


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