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Promising Program Seal

Targeted Reading Intervention

Blueprints Program Rating: Promising

Individualized instruction by classroom teachers takes the form of 15-minute sessions for a struggling reader in kindergarten and first grade until the child makes rapid progress in reading and then the teacher works with another struggling reader.

Initial Training and Technical Assistance

Entire school systems are encouraged to implement Targeted Reading Intervention. The program begins with attendance at a 3-day summer institute by all involved teachers. The cost of the institute ranges from $15,000 to $20,000.

Curriculum and Materials

Materials cost approximately $400 per classroom. Webcam capacity is needed for each classroom.


None required.

Other Start-Up Costs

Computer with web access if not already available in the classroom.

Ongoing Curriculum and Materials

Once initial start-up investment is made, replacement costs are minimal.


The program is implemented by classroom teachers during the regular school day.

Other Implementation Costs


Ongoing Training and Technical Assistance

The program consists primarily of ongoing coaching offered remotely by graduate students working under the supervision of the developer. The estimated cost of this support is $5,000 to $7,500 per teacher per year for the first two years. After the first two years, training and coaching costs would reduce to between $15,000 and $30,000 per district per year, depending on size, location and ongoing need.

Fidelity Monitoring and Evaluation

Initial fidelity monitoring is included in the coaching cost. After the second year, periodic fidelity visits are recommended at a cost of $500 per day plus travel. Three visits per year per district are recommended.

Ongoing License Fees


The size of the implementation can result in scale savings on some costs.

Year One Cost Example

A first year implementation for a school district training 50 kindergarten, first and second grade teachers serving 250 struggling readers could expect to incur the following costs:

Summer Institute
Materials @ $400 per classroom
Coaching and support @ $7500 per classroom

Total Year One Cost

If the program directly reached 250 struggling students during the year, the cost per student would be $1,660.