Early Literacy Intervention:
Expanding Expertise and Impact

a Reading Recovery initiative in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education

The goal of this initiative is to focus on developing highly effective teachers and resources for schools for improving the reading and writing abilities of students.
Funding has been provided through an award from the U.S. Department of Education, under award number U215K090094, for the Fund for the Improvement of Education (FIE) Program. The contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the federal government.

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Background on the Initiative

Reading Recovery is a highly effective short-term intervention of one-to-one tutoring for the lowest literacy achievers in Grade 1. The goal of Reading Recovery is to dramatically reduce the number of first-grade students who have extreme difficulty learning to read and write, and to reduce the cost of these learners to educational systems.


In the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 (PL111-8) funding was provided for the "Reading Recovery Council of North America in 7th District, Ohio, Worthington, OH for an early literacy intervention program, including subgrants." This is funded under the Fund for the Improvement of Education (FIE) program.


The Reading Recovery Council of North America (RRCNA) worked closely with Ranking Members Hobson (OH-7) and Regula (OH-16), on the Committee on Appropriations, to gain this funding. This effort arose out of the original funding request proposed in FY2007 by Congressmen Strickland (OH-6) and Davis (IL-7). RRCNA, as the representative association, will utilize this funding to create professional development resources and initiatives that can be broadly accessed by teachers and school administrators to strengthen early literacy outcomes with students nationwide.