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Story Talk - Interactive Book Reading Program

Blueprints Program Rating: Promising

A reading strategy intended to promote the development of language and literacy skills in young children from low-income families.

Funding for Story Talk could include federal funding from programs such as Title I, state and local education budgets for curriculum and teacher training, and foundations with a focus on educational achievement.

Allocating State or Local General Funds

State and local budgets, especially funding for curriculum purchase and teacher training, should be considered as sources of funding for Story Talk.

Maximizing Federal Funds

Formula Funds: Federal funding from sources such as Title I should be explored as resources for Story Talk. Special education funding should also be considered.

Discretionary Grants: Discretionary grants from the U.S. Department of Education, such as Race to the Top, could be sought to fund Story Talk.

Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships

Foundation grants, particularly from foundations with a focus on educational achievement, could be a source of start-up funding for curriculum and teacher training.

All information comes from the responses to a questionnaire submitted by the developer of Story Talk, Dr. Barbara Wasik, to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.