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“ Title I Pre-K in NC ” EC 2010 Conference. Carla Garrett Title I Pre-K Education Consultant NC Office of Early Learning – DPI 8.4.10. NC Office of Early Learning: Pre-K – Grade 3. Focuses on Pre-K - Grade 3 to support children's success in the early grades

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“Title I Pre-K in NC”EC 2010 Conference

Carla Garrett

Title I Pre-K Education Consultant

NC Office of Early Learning – DPI


NC Office of Early Learning: Pre-K – Grade 3

  • Focuses on Pre-K - Grade 3 to support children's success in the early grades

  • Combines staffs in primary education and pre-k

  • Promotes linkages for reforming early education

  • Partners with the FirstSchool initiative (FPG Child Development Institute - UNC)

What is FirstSchool?

  • Pre-K - Grade 3 initiative to promote public school efforts to become more responsive to the needs of an increasingly younger, more diverse population

  • Unites the best of early childhood, elementary and special education

NC Office of Early Learning Programs

  • Even Start Family Literacy

  • Head Start State Collaboration Office

  • More at Four Pre-Kindergarten Program

  • Preschool Exceptional Children

  • Title I Preschool

  • Primary Education

Title I Pre-K in NC: 2009-10

  • $61,267,466 - Title I funds allocated to Pre-K (projected)

  • Increase of $18,203,750 from 2008-09

Title I Pre-K in NC: 2009-10

  • 79 of 115 LEA’s utilized Title I funding for Pre-K

  • 12 LEA’s allocated $1M plus for Title I


  • 55 LEA’s increased funding for Title I


Flexible Funding

  • Title I funds can be used for preschool or to supplement or expand other early childhood education programs, such as state-funded prekindergarten, Head Start, Even Start, or Early Reading First.

  • Title I funds may be used in conjunction with existing programs.

Funding Options

1-Title I Pre-K

Uses Title I dollars only

“Title I Funds” Example:

Total #Amount of

ChildrenTitle I Funding

18 $125,000

($6,944 cost per child)

*Figures chosen for example purposes only

Funding Options (Continued)

2 - Blended Pre-K

-Uses Title I dollars with other Pre-K dollars (EC; local, Head Start, Smart Start, etc.)

-Title I contribution determined by % of Title I children in each Pre-K class

“Blended” Example : Title I + Other Funds

% Title I% EC% Local

Total #Funds/ Funds/Funds/

Children# Children# Children# Children

18 50% 11% 39%

9= 2= 7=


Total Amount of Funding: $125,000

Total Amount of Title I Funding: $62,500

Funding Options (continued)

3 - Dual Enrollment

Uses Title I dollars with More At Four dollars

Grant Application: “Do any of these Title I eligible students also qualify for M@4 funding?”

What is “More At Four”?

  • State preschool program in NC

  • Age Eligibility: Four years old

  • Entering kindergarten the following year

  • At risk for poor school outcomes

Dual Enrollment

  • Eligibility requirements for both programs must be met with Title I eligibility criteria being considered first

  • This is not “supplanting,” since More At Four funds are only intended to cover 50% of program costs

“Dual Enrollment” Example:

Total ##Dually EligibleM@4 FundingTotal M@4

ChildrenChildrenPer ChildFunding

18 9$3,750$33,750

Total Amount of Title I Funding: $125,000

Total Amount of M@4 Funding: $33,750

Total Amount of Funding: $158,750 (Amount increases from $6,944 to $8,819 per child)


  • On the basis of multiple, educationally-related, objective criteria established by the LEA, such as:

  • teacher judgment,

  • interviews with parents

  • developmentally appropriate measures

Eligibility - Income

  • Income of the family is allowable for the purposes of prioritizing when Title I funds are insufficient to serve all eligible preschool children

Eligibility – Age

  • Birth to the age the LEA provides elementary education; therefore, children who are younger than the age of five by the kindergarten eligibility cut off date - August 31 - in North Carolina are eligible

    *In NC most Title I Pre-K children served are 4 years old

Most Common Examples of Pre-K Quality Investments in NC

  • Teacher Salaries (Increase or Maintain)

  • Instructional Materials

  • Professional Development


  • Build RELATIONSHIPS with early childhood partners!!!

Suggestions (continued)

  • Champion early education using research and data

  • Build on existing resources in communities

  • Leverage state and federal funds—and capitalize on funding opportunities


  • Serving Preschool Children Under Title I, Non-Regulatory Guidance @www.ed.gov

  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 @ www.ed.gov

  • PreK Now @ www.preknow.org

  • CLASP (Center for Law & Social Policy) @ www.clasp.org


  • NC Title I Preschool Consultant: Carla Garrett @ carla.garrett@ncpublicschools.gov; cell: 336.504.2037

  • NC Office of Early Learning (Department of Public Instruction) Website:


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