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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.

Initial Training and Technical Assistance

Training for the Story Talk program is provided to both teachers and their local coaches. There are two training options. On-site Group Training and Coaching for up to 50 participants is available at a cost of $25,000 plus travel. A train the trainer option is available, again for up to 50 participants, at $37,000 plus travel.

Curriculum and Materials

The curriculum costs $3,000 per classroom. This includes required video tapes for coaching. Video equipment, estimated at $2,000 per school, would be extra.


None at this time.

Other Start-Up Costs


Ongoing Curriculum and Materials

The only ongoing cost is for replacement of lost or damaged materials.


Coaches are experienced teachers who must budget time during the school day for coaching activities. If a train the trainer model is selected, a person will need to be designated to perform this function for a school.

Ongoing Training and Technical Assistance

Ongoing training and T.A. is customized to the school. It is recommended that a school have one day of group training per year and two coaching visits.

Fidelity Monitoring and Evaluation

Included in coaching provided by developer.

Ongoing License Fees



Year One Cost Example

In this example, there will be two participating schools, each with 20 classrooms and 25 teachers, counting the coaches. The cost to implement Story Talk during the first year would be:

Training for 50 participants
Travel for trainers
Curriculum at $3000 per classroom X 40 classrooms
Video-taping equipment at $2000 per school

Total Year One Cost

If each of the 40 classrooms in the two schools housed 30 students, the cost per student for Year 1 would be $127.