FAQ: Using Title I of ESEA for Early Education

Jan 25, 2010

By Hannah Matthews

Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, or the No Child Left Behind Act, NCLB) was established in 1965 to provide schools that serve disadvantaged children with federal funding to meet these children's educational needs. Funds flow to states and in turn to school districts and schools. Title I funds have been permitted to be used for young children below compulsory school age since the creation of the ESEA. While many districts use Title I funds in this way, others have questions on the permitted uses of these funds at the early childhood level.

CLASP has created a list of Frequently Asked Questions on using Title I for early education, based on conversations with state and local school districts personnel. Based on the ESEA law and Department of Education non-regulatory guidance, we answer questions such as:

  • What Ages of Children Can Title I Funds Serve?
  • Which Children are Eligible for Title I Preschool?
  • Who Decides at the District Level Whether To Use Title I Funds for Preschool Children and Programs?
  • Can Title I funds be Used by the State to Fund State Pre-Kindergarten Programs?
  • Can Title I Funds be Used in Non-School Settings?
  • What is the State Role in Using Title I Funds for Preschool?
  • And Others... READ THE FAQ.
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