Blueprints Program Rating: Promising
A classroom-based program that aims to improve the reading fluency and comprehension of elementary students by utilizing grade-level, high-frequency words that reflect appropriate phonics and syllable patterns.
Quick Reads is a supplemental program for the classroom teacher to implement. Public education budgets for curriculum purchase and teacher training could be good sources for funding. Various grant sources could also support the start-up costs.
Allocating State or Local General Funds
Local school budgets and state funding for local schools should both be considered as sources of funding for Quick Reads, particularly line items for curriculum purchase and teacher training.
Maximizing Federal Funds
Formula Funds: Federal formula grants from the U.S. Department of Education can be used to support Quick Reads. Title I funding should be a source for eligible schools.
Discretionary Grants: A variety of discretionary grants from the Department of Education should be considered for Quick Reads funding, in particular Race to the Top and School Improvement Grants.
Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships
Foundation funding, particularly from foundations with a focus on educational outcomes, may be a source of start-up funding for Quick Reads.
Generating New Revenue
Fundraising by a Parent Teacher Organization and support from the business community should be explored for start-up funding.
All information comes from the responses to a questionnaire submitted by the purveyors of Quick Reads at the Text Project to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.