Title I dollars help increase student achievement and strengthen communities. Title I programs vary from school to school, but the goal at every school is ensuring that all children have a high-quality education. All Chesterfield County schools, whether they receive Title I money or not, provide an engaging and relevant education that prepares every student to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing world. Here’s what Title I does:
- provides additional instruction to help eligible students improve reading, writing or math skills in kindergarten through fifth grade
- coordinates all instructional activities with the classroom or subject area teacher to foster more effective learning
- provides a variety of instructional approaches and materials that complement the county’s language arts and mathematics curricula
- provides individual and small group supplemental instruction
- promotes self-esteem to help children reach their full potential
- provides prekindergarten programs in seven elementary schools
- provides extended day programs both before and after school
- extends the school year with opportunities and assistance for Title I students to attend summer session
- encourages parent and family involvement through parent conferences, workshops and home visits
Title I is the U.S. government’s largest assistance program for schools, putting federal money into schools that have a high percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.
Title I began in 1965 as Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Act and was reauthorized in 2001 in the No Child Left Behind Act. Title I money must be used to supplement — not replace — what is provided by the local school district for all other schools.
Parent involvement at all grade levels is key in all Title I schools. In addition to holding an annual meeting, Title I schools offer these opportunities:
- invite and welcome parents as active participants in student learning and school activities
- provide opportunities for parents to gain greater insight into children’s educational, social and emotional needs through meetings and workshops
- give parents a voice in Title I efforts at their child’s school
- include translating and interpreting services (available upon request)
Students in 17 of Chesterfield County’s 38 elementary schools benefit from Title I. There are 16 schoolwide programs and one targeted assistance school for the 2015-16 school year:
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Jennifer Timmons is Chesterfield’s Title I instructional specialist. For more information, call 804-639-8697, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit mychesterfieldschools.com.