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					      - Meeting the Challenge -
   Creating and Sustaining Quality
     Programs in “Tight Times”
             Using Title 1 Stimulus Funding
                   For Early Learning
                   Birth Through Age 8
                   Uses & Models for Effective, Aligned
                        Early Care and Education

Mary Seaton, Director of Early Learning & Anne Renschler, Consolidated Program Review Supervisor
                Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction State of Washington
              Realities of Title1
              Stimulus funding
   Large influx of funding with limited time for

   High need at districts in many areas

   High level of accountability

   High interest in the use of funds for innovative
    sustainable programs
     Why Consider Using Title 1 for
           Early Learning

   70% of a child’s brain architecture and their foundation
    for learning are set from birth through age eight
   High percentage of children arrive at school without
    sufficient skills and knowledge needed
   Without connections/alignment benefits of Pre-K often
    fade by 3rd or 4th grade
   Nationally the percentage of students reading at grade
    level by 4th grade ranges from 17-45% depending on
    ethnicity (NAEP 2007 Reading Assessment)
              Bottom Line

“Children are more likely to grow into
independent, able learners, and to succeed in
school and beyond, if they have a strong, solid
PreK-3rd base that integrates planning, curricula,
professional development, and assessment
across these six years.” (
                         Rema Shore Foundation for Child Development 2009)
          Benefits of Using Title I
            for Early Learning
•   Reach at-risk children in families with incomes
    above State or Federal eligibility guidelines
•   Fund high-quality programs that meet Head Start
    educational standards
•   Provide comprehensive services
•   Fund partnered professional development for
    children birth through age eight
•   Serve children in community based settings
•   Create programs that serve children from birth
    through school entry age
Allowable Early Learning Activities

 Title 1 funds can be used for:
 • Teachers salaries
 • Professional development
 • Counseling services
 • Minor remodeling, leasing or renting space in
   private facilities
 • Screening to identify children at-risk
 • Fund Pre-K programs both in buildings and
Approaches for Using Title I Funds
   to Support Early Learning
 •   Increase alignment between early care and
     education by connecting existing early
     learning programs birth through age eight
 •   Layer funds to develop or expand services
     to additional students
 •   Add comprehensive services targeting
     children birth through age eight
 •   Home visiting
 •   Summer kindergarten prep programs
       Increase Alignment of
      Early Care and Education
      Birth Through Age Eight
Organize partnered professional development &
planning for children birth through age eight
toward development of common understanding &
   • Common Curriculum
   • Assessment
   • Developmentally appropriate and effective
   • Family Engagement
    Layer Funds to Retain or Expand
     Services to Additional Students
 Reading First to expand or extend the grants that are
 Even Start to add Parent Literacy or Parent Child
  Literacy efforts to existing Reading First, Adult Basic Ed
  ESL or birth to age eight early childhood programs
 Special Education, Head Start or ECEAP dollars
  to create a integrated program
 Title 1School Improvement funds may be used for
  Pre-school program
 Title 1 migrant funds can be used to develop or add
  preschool programs, for family literacy or extended-day
  Kindergarten (under certain circumstances)
     Used For Professional
    Development & Planning

Title 1can be used to support professional
 development or planning.

 • For example choosing a common curriculum
   or cross training for early childhood and K-3
 • Response to Intervention & Recognition and
    Examples of How Other States
       Layer Funds with Title 1

Asheville, NC
 Funds classrooms for 4 year olds who qualify “More at
 Four”, Head Start, and extends child care subsidy to full-
 day, full-year funds.

Hamilton County Schools in Chattanooga,TN
 Uses Title I, Head Start and state pre-k funds to support
 37 preschool classes of which12 are provided in
 community based settings. All classes use the same
 curriculum, and all teachers receive the same professional
 development, regardless of setting.
  (Center for Law And Social Policy CLASP -2007)
     Developing Comprehensive or
          Extended Services
•   Funds can be used to develop preschool
    programs with comprehensive services -
    including ECEAP and Head Start
•   Comprehensive services - If a needs assessment
    shows that a child needs health, nutrition, or other
    social services and they are not available from other
•   Home Visiting - Prior to entry or for birth to 3
•   Summer programs - Summer Kindergarten or
    transition to Kindergarten programs
•   Full Day Kindergarten (under certain circumstances)
      Other Examples of How Other
         States Use Title 1 Funds

•   Houston, TX - Provides full-day preschool to all
    eligible 4 year olds in the district.

•   Detroit, MI - Extends the day for state Pre-K
    and Head Start classes.

•   Pittsfield, MA - Assists the Parent Child Home
    Visiting Program for 2 and 3 year olds.
                                          (Center for Law And Social
    Policy CLASP -2007)
    Some Examples of How Other
      States Use Title 1 Funds
•   Melrose, MA - Offers comprehensive screening to
    all 4 year olds in the district to identify at-risk

•   Mesa County Valley School Dist, CO - Provides
    Partnered Professional development to develop
    highly qualified Para-professionals for the district’s
    preschool program.

•   South Bay Union School Dist, CA - Provides
    literacy enrichment for preschool children and a
    summer booster program for entering kindergarten.
    (Center for Law And Social Policy CLASP -2007)
                  Contacts at OSPI
                to Support Planning

For additional technical assistance in your planning, or
to find out if your ideas are allowable for use of Title 1
funds, OSPI staff are available to help.

•   Gayle Pauley, Director – Title1
•   Mary Seaton, Director – Early Learning
•   Sheila Ammons, Coordinator – Early Childhood Special Education
•   Sarah Rich, Director – Reading First
•   Deb Appleton, Coordinator – Even Start
•   Sylvia Reyna, Coordinator – Migrant Bilingual