Information for ARPA Right to Read Grant Recipients
The CSDE has allocated over $20 million dollars of ARPA funds to support all local and regional boards of education for the purpose of addressing educational disparities and supporting scientifically based, evidence-based literacy teaching and learning in grades kindergarten through three (Grades K-3). Funds are available to districts through the ARPA Right to Read Grant.
ARPA Right to Read Grant recipients will be required to complete an ARPA-Right to Read Application by December 29, 2023. Additionally, ARPA Right to Read Grant recipients are required to:
- Use the funds to support approved, evidence-based, scientifically based Grades K-3 universal screening reading assessments, Grades K-3 reading core comprehensive curriculum models and programs, and associated vendor-provided professional learning; and
- Establish a district leadership literacy team that will attend 10 days of professional learning provided by the Connecticut Literacy Model (CTLM) team pertaining to the science of reading and the creation of a district literacy plan.
- Watch the webinar from the CTLM team for more information on professional learning.
- Read the ARPA Right to Read Guidance for details on the grant.
- Register for the Right to Read Statewide Professional Learning Series
Submitting Your Fund Requests
When submitting your fund requests for the 2023 ARPA Right to Read Grant or the 2024 ARP ESSER Small Town Right to Read Grant, please upload the following to eGMS:
- a computer-generated report from your accounting system (e.g., MUNIS, PowerSchool, etc.) in which all necessary payments and expenditures are included. Additionally, please confirm that the sum of the amounts on the report equal the total expenditures of the grant request before submitting.
- A copy of the invoice from the vendor detailing the purchases for which you are requesting reimbursement.
Submitting your fund requests in this way will preclude the need for further supporting documentation (e.g., checks, purchase orders, etc.).
Please be advised that an EXCEL worksheet does not in and of itself constitute supporting documentation and does not replace a report run from an accounting system.
If you have any questions, please contact us at SDE.LiteracyCenter@ct.gov. We are happy to assist you!