No Child Left Behind 
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) - Title 1

Title 1 Supervisor: Cindy Vouthas, M. Ed, LSW   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What is Title I?
Title I is a federal program under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). Title I covers the fiscal and program requirements for improving the academic achievement of students who attend schools eligible for Title I. The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.

How do schools receive Title I funds?
The New Jersey Department of Education performs calculations based on census and poverty data in the district and in each school. Based on federal guidelines the district must identify all eligible schools using the most current enrollment and poverty data.

What are the parental involvement requirements for a Title I district and school?
Each district that receives Title I, Part A funds must develop a written parental involvement policy that establishes the district’s expectations for parental involvement. The district policy must be developed jointly with, and agreed upon with, the parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs and distributed to parents of all children participating in Title I, Part A programs. [Section 1118(a)(2), ESEA.]

School-Parent-Student compacts must also be developed in partnership with parents that outline the responsibilities for all three parties in the educational process. Communication efforts must be ongoing and sustained and encourage parental involvement in many facets of the planning, development, and implementation stages.

Title 1 Entrance Letter
Title 1 Parent Compact


McKinney Vento Act

The Stewart B. McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth (McKinney-Vento EHCY) program provides homeless students with protections and services to ensure they enroll in and attend school; complete their high school education and be positioned for success after graduation, so they may avoid poverty and homelessness as adults.  Of the over 1.3 million children and youth experiencing homelessness in the United States, more than 10,900 homeless children and youth were identified in the state of New Jersey during the 2016-17 school year.

The McKinney-Vento EHCY program ensures homeless children and youth have equal access to a free, appropriate public education and are able to enroll in and attend school. The program funds supplemental academic support services for homeless children and youth to ensure their school success.

The New Jersey Department of Education has established a grant program that focuses on providing instructional services that are supplemental to the regular school program.  It also focuses on referral services to appropriate community-based organizations with the goal of enabling all homeless children and youth to meet challenging state academic and student performance standards.

This three-year grant program is open to local education agencies (LEAs) selected through a competitive process in Year 1. Funded LEAs, also known as "Projects," coordinate and provide educational programs and services for homeless children and youth residing in the LEA's project area.

Mckinney-Vento information for parents
McKinney-Vento newsletter
McKinney-Vento breakfast and lunch programs
Mckinney-Vento student information form