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Home » Policy & Funding » Grants & Grant Management » Closing Educational Achievement Gaps (Title I, Part A) » Early Learning in Title I, Part A Programs

Early Learning in Title I, Part A Programs

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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.

Early Learning Activities Benefits

Early learning activities 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 & Family Engagement in Early Learning

Fairness in education