Private School Participation in Federal Programs
The students, parent/guardians and educators of non-profit, private and religiously-affiliated schools - approved by the Washington State Board of Education - are eligible for benefits provided through several major federal education grant programs. These equitable services can provide a valuable supplement to the core programming and professional development private schools make available.
Bulletin 007-21 - New information for 2021–22 regarding private school participation in Federal Programs.
- Private School Participation in Federal Programs Webinar Recording (updated Feb. 2022)
- Private School Participation in Federal Programs PPT Slides (updated Feb. 2022)
- USDA Child Nutrition Family Income Guidelines (updated 2021–22)
Sample Interlocal Agreements
- District to Out-of-District Private School
- Private School to Parents to Collect Title I Student Eligibility Information
Federal Program Descriptions
- Detailed program descriptions are available to private schools for equitable services participation.
Affirmation of Consultation
- The Affirmation of Consultation (updated November 2021) between districts and private schools, ensuring equitable services for private school children, teachers, and other educational personnel. Complete an Affirmation of Consultation for each private school participating in federal programs under ESSA.
Title I, Part A Record of Agreed Upon Services
Title I, Part A Record of Agreed Upon Services (Updated January 2021) applies only to Title I, Part A Participation. It serves as the record of the results from the consultation between school districts and private schools. Complete this document for each private school that chooses participation in Title I, Part A.
District & Private School Directions
- District directions for participation in federal programs
- Private school directions for private schools participating in federal programs.
Private School Application
- Districts must provide and explain Complaint Procedures for Private Schools Participating in Federal Programs (updated November 2021) to private school officials during the initial consultation process.
Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS)
- Frequently Asked Questions–Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS) Program. This document provides answers to Frequently Asked Questions related to the EANS program under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA Act).
Private schools may access Title II, Part A funds for professional development that meets the needs of their teachers. Planning for this professional development occurs through a consultation process between private school and school district personnel before the school district submits its Title II, Part A application.
We also provide a free professional learning opportunity for private school educators each summer.
Uniform Provisions for Equitable Services
Districts that receive federal funds must provide services to eligible students and teachers in private schools. These services and benefits must be 1) delivered in a timely way, and 2) comparable to the services and benefits the district provides to the children and teachers in its public schools.
- Non-regulatory guidance - Uniform Provisions: Title IX, Part E Equitable Services to Eligible Private School Students, Teachers, and Other Educational Personnel, revised March 2009.
Uniform provisions cover these 4 federal programs:
- Education of Migrant Children Title I, Part C Email Title I│
- Teacher and Principal Quality Title II, Part A Email Title II│
- ELL/Emergency Immigrants Title III, Part A Email Title III│
- Student Support and Academic Enrichment Title IV, Part A Email Title IV |
Specific Provisions for Equitable Services
Title I, Part A
Serves the unique needs of children - kindergarten to grade 12 - who struggle to learn. Contact Title I, Part A staff at OSPI.
Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006
In private schools, this law makes it possible for staff to participate in professional development and students to take advantage of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Contact Career and Technical Education staff at OSPI.