Headsprout Early Reading

Local governments can invest in this strategy using State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
  • This strategy can address educational disparities. The U.S. Department of Treasury has indicated that strategies that help achieve this outcome are eligible for the use of Fiscal Recovery Funds.
  • Investments in this strategy are SLFRF-eligible as long as they are made in qualified census tracts or are designed to assist populations or communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Program overview

  • Early literacy program consisting of eighty 20-minute episodes and interactive activities
  • Lessons teach phonological awareness, vocabulary, and comprehension skills
  • Provides teachers with supplemental activities to reinforce learning
Issue Areas
Early childhood
Target Population
Children under 5
Cost per Participant
Not available

Evidence and impacts


Ranked as having the second-highest level of evidence by the U.S. Department of Education What Works Clearinghouse

  • Positive effects on oral and print knowledge
  • Improved oral language by an average of 22 percentile points
  • Improved print knowledge by an average of 22 percentile points

Best practices in implementation

  • Note: This content is under review
  • Headsprout Early Reading must be delivered with fidelity in order to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Teachers must be provided with ample professional development opportunities to master curriculum and should be evaluated regularly to ensure that model is delivered with fidelity.