The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has released guidelines on how schools can use Title I Part A funds to build or support preschool programs.

Schools or local education authorities can use their Title I monies to implement a preschool program or complement existing Head Start or child care programs. The latest guidelines do not impose new regulations on the use of the funds, but instead outline major tenets of successful preschool programs, including requirements for preschool teachers and paraprofessionals, and allowable uses of the funds, such as professional development for staff.

Strengthening the coordination between preschool and elementary schools is critical, as is providing high-quality early education opportunities for all students. NAESP applauds ED for providing this much-needed guidance.

To read more about NAESP’s efforts to strengthen P-3 alignment, click here.

 

-By Emily Rohlffs

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