From the U.S. Department of Education website:
The purpose of Reading First is to ensure that all children in America learn to read well by the end of third grade.
Reading First provides assistance to states and districts to establish scientifically based reading programs for students enrolled in kindergarten through grade three. Funds support increased professional development to ensure that all teachers have the skills they need to teach these programs effectively. Reading First also supports the use of screening and diagnostic tools and classroom-based instructional reading assessments to measure how well students are reading and to monitor their progress.
The following pages link to outside agencies which are primarily focused on meeting the needs of Reading First grantees whoe are working to implement reading instruction that is grounded in scientifically based reading research (SBRR).