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U.S. Department of Education Announces 2018 Native American and Alaska Native Children in School Program Grant Competition

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition announced this week it is accepting applications for the Native American and Alaska Native Children in School Program (NAM) grant competition.The goal of the program is to support the teaching, learning and studying of Native American languages while also increasing the English language proficiency of students served to meet the same standards that all children are expected to meet.

“If we raise our children to understand their history, their home languages and the lessons of their ancestors, along with the English skills they need to succeed, they will be prepared to meet and master any challenge,” said José Viana, assistant deputy secretary and director, Office of English Language Acquisition. “Through NAM funded projects, we can give our Native American children the abilities they’ll need to honor the past, own the present and build a bright future.”

This competition addresses the priority for supporting the preservation and revitalization of Native American languages. In addition, it promotes literacy by providing families access to books or other physical or digital materials to support their child’s reading development through family literacy activities.

The deadline for submitting a Notice of Intent to apply is April 12, 2018. The deadline for submitting applications is May 7, 2018. For the application, go to www2.ed.gov/programs/naancs/applicant.html.

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