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

Parent and Family Engagement in Early Learning

Moving Family Engagement into Action

Family Engagement Toolkit for Early Learning


   Updated 8/10/2017

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