Reading proficiency is a top priority for federal and state funding, and for many grant-giving institutions.
Title I funds are provided to schools with at least 15% or more of their children living in poverty. Schools must use these funds to provide supplemental resources and services to help these students meet standards in reading and math. Smarty Ants Reading World is a standards-based, supplemental reading program designed to raise students’ achievement in reading and is ideal for your Title I program. The data reporting and tracking tools allow teachers to monitor student progress and adapt and target instruction to specific areas of need.
Title III funding is provided to districts based on the number of English language learners (ELL) they serve and is used to provide supplemental English language programs and services for these students. Smarty Ants is designed to teach ALL students to read in English. For ELL students Smarty Ants is available in multiple languages so they can receive instruction and support in their native language while learning to read in English.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
The IDEA is the federal law governing special education and provides funding based on the number of students with individualized education plans. IDEA funds can be used for interventions and specialized instructional programs for students with disabilities and the monitoring of their progress. Smarty Ants Reading World is IDEA(L) (couldn’t resist!) for your special needs students. The program is adaptive to a student’s level, pace, and learning temperament while creating a truly customized learning path for each student. The data reporting tools allow teachers to monitor progress in real time and provide the necessary information to target instruction based on each student’s individualized needs.
21st Century Community Learning Centers
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program provides funding for school districts, private providers, and for-profit companies to provide before and after school programs for students that attend low-performing schools. These programs provide a variety of services and academic enrichment programs. Smarty Ants Reading World is engaging and fun, students play interactive learning games while building and reinforcing key literacy concepts and skills. This makes it the ideal solution for your 21st Century before or after school program.
The Head Start program is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services and awards competitive grants to local public and private non- and for-profit agencies to provide prekindergarten programs for children living in poverty. Key components of the Head Start program include helping students develop early reading skills and providing parental involvement services. Smarty Ants Reading World is specifically designed for use with prekindergarten students to help them acquire and build early reading skills. The various levels of home-school connections SmartyAnts provides not only keep parents informed of their children’s progress but give them the tools and resources to be active participants in the learning process.
State and local funding
State and local funding varies depending on your location. Please review your state’s department of education website for a list of state specific funding opportunities.
Private and Grant Funding
Both public and private foundations support education in a variety of ways through grants and other programs. For more information on these types of funding opportunities visit: