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
Parent and Family Engagement in Early Learning