My Brother’s Keeper: A Year Later 


“Helping more of our young people stay on track. Providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future. Building on what works, when it works, in those critical life-changing moments.”

That’s how President Obama explained the My Brother’s Keeper initiative a year ago when it first launched. And in the 12 months since, we’ve seen a tremendous response from people and organizations at all levels that are answering the President’s call to action.

President Obama established My Brother’s Keeper, or MBK, to help close the opportunity gaps faced by too many young people across our country, and by boys and young men of color in particular. At the initiative’s launch, he called for government, businesses, nonprofits, local education agencies, and individuals to step up and do their part to ensure all of our nation’s youth have the tools they need to succeed.

We’re celebrated MBK’s first anniversary with a day focused on the young people and communities at the heart of this program. First, we’re sharing a very special StoryCorps interview between President Obama and Noah McQueen, a D.C.-area high school student and one of our White House mentees. In the interview that aired on the morning of March 2 on NPR, the President and Noah talked candidly with each other about overcoming tough circumstances, rebounding from setbacks, and what it takes to have a successful future.

Source: Administration for Children and Families

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Serving Preschool Children Through Title I Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as Amended Non-Regulatory Guidance


This guidance is written to assist State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and schools in understanding and implementing preschool programs supported with funds under Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA). Although each SEA may consider this guidance in the development of its own guidelines and standards, SEAs are free to identify alternative approaches that are consistent with applicable Federal statutes and regulations.

Guidance in this document replaces previous non-regulatory Title I guidance on serving preschool children. It addresses Title I requirements in the ESEA and answers questions raised by SEAs, LEAs, and other officials regarding using Title I funds to serve preschool children. Recipients of Title I funds may refer to this guidance when administering or operating preschool programs supported with Title I funds.

This guidance does not impose any requirements beyond those required under applicable law and regulations. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person.

Source: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

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Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Program; Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2012


Applications Available: July 11, 2012.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 10, 2012.
Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: October 9, 2012.

The Innovative Approaches to Literacy IAL program supports high-quality programs designed to develop and improve literacy skills for children and students from birth through 12th grade within the attendance boundaries of high-need local educational agencies LEAs and schools. The U.S. Department of Education Department intends to support innovative programs that promote early literacy for young children, motivate older children to read, and increase student achievement by using school libraries, distributing free books to children and their families, and offering high-quality literacy activities.

Many schools and districts across the Nation do not have school libraries that deliver high-quality literacy programming to children and their families. Additionally, many schools do not have qualified library media specialists and library facilities. Where facilities do exist, they are often under-resourced and lack adequate books and other materials. In many communities, high-need children and students have limited access to appropriate age- and grade-level reading material in their homes.

The IAL program supports the implementation of high-quality plans for childhood literacy activities and book distribution efforts that are supported by at least one study that meets the definition of scientifically valid research as defined in this notice.

Source: Federal Register, Volume 77 Issue 133

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