Reading First 


Illinois has awarded Chicago Public Schools a $12.5 million Reading First grant that supports expanded reading programs at 116 Chicago Public Elementary Schools. The grant focuses on K-3 student literacy learning and teacher training to improve Adequate Yearly Progress for low-performing schools. The focus of the Illinois Reading First grant is to support schools in implementing a comprehensive reading program rooted in scientifically based reading research and aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards.


  • Apply research-based strategies to improve reading instruction and student literacy achievement
  • Select and develop effective, research-based instructional and assessment tools to improve diagnostic and classroom instruction

Program benefits

  • Improve the selection and quality of classroom reading materials
  • Impact students' after-school reading habits
  • School support and teacher training will improve Adequate Yearly Progress for low-performing schools  


For more information about Reading First, please visit the website below.


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Contact information

Reading First
1326 West 14th Street Place
Chicago, Illinois 60608
Phone: (773) 553.3550
Fax: (773) 553.6460