Early Learning in Title I, Part A Programs
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Early Learning in Title I, Part A Programs

Title I, Part A funds can be used to provide high-quality preschool and other early learning programs and activities. If an LEA chooses to use Title I, Part A funds for early learning activities, those funds can be used at the LEA level (through a district set-aside) or at the building level. The LEA should consider its priorities, goals and a needs assessment when determining what early learning services the LEA will provide. The same regulations regarding identification and services that apply to K-12 funding, also apply to early learning activities. This is a great opportunity to begin serving children most in need of academic support before they enter the K-12 system. Use the documents below for guidance on how to best use Title I, Part A funds for early learning activities.

What are the benefits of early learning activities?
Current research concludes that quality early learning programs:

  • help children gain an average of a third of a year of additional learning
  • increased social and emotional development
  • and improve kindergarten readiness

Quality early learning can also lead to long-term benefits such as:

  • higher graduation rates
  • more years of education completed
  • greater occupation-related earnings


Funding Early Learning Activities in Washington State with Title I, Part A (Birth – Age 5) (PDF)

Early Learning in the Every Student Succeeds Act Non-Regulatory Guidance

Serving Preschool Children Through Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as Amended Non-Regulatory Guidance

New Early Childhood Coordination Requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): A Toolkit for State and Local Educational Agencies, Head Start Programs, and the Early Childhood Field

Parent and Family Engagement in Early Learning

Moving Family Engagement into Action

Family Engagement Toolkit for Early Learning


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