The IAL program supports high-quality programs designed to develop and improve literacy skills for children and students from birth through 12th grade in high-need local educational
agencies (high-need LEAs, as defined in this notice)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 as partners to improve literacy, distributing free books to children and their families, and offering high-quality literacy activities.
Melvin Graham, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 3E334, Washington, DC 20202-6200. Telephone: (202) 260-8268 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.