Federal Grants

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Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Title I, Part A for improvement of basic programs

Title I federal grants provide supplemental financial assistance to high-need school districts and schools. The funding is provided to prepare youngsters to be successful in school and life through remedial support, enrichment activities and social-emotional activities.

The Title I schools in West Haven are Savin Rock Community School, Forest Elementary School, Washington Elementary School and Carrigan  Intermediate School.

How is Title I funding used?

  • Supplemental instructional staff to provide remediation or support to youngsters identified as most in need
  • Mandated professional development
  • Additional reading and literacy teachers and paraprofessionals
  • Supplemental teaching resources, including computer software
  • Grant-mandated parent involvement activities, School Governance Councils and literacy nights


Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Title II, Part A for improvement of teacher quality

Title II is a federally funded grant that provides supplemental monies to increase the academic achievement of all youngsters. While the funding is much less than Title I, the funds in West Haven bolster professional development programs and efforts to keep class sizes low.

How is Title II funding used?

  • Improve teacher and principal quality to ensure the highest educator quality
  • Lower class size in one or two classrooms
  • Supplement professional development opportunities


Elementary and Secondary Education (ESEA), Title III, English Language Enhancement Academic Achievement Act

Title III is a federally funded grant which supports further development of language instruction programs and support for limited English proficient children. Local school districts are responsible for the yearly progress of their students with respect to language development proficiency, as well as meeting grade-level expectations for all youngsters.

How is Title III funding used?

  • Language instruction programs
  • Courses to enhance support so limited English proficient children can meet academic standards
  • Supplemental instructional supplies
  • Professional development opportunities for teachers



Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, IDEA Part B

The federally funded IDEA Grant ensures that children with disabilities have the opportunity to receive a free, appropriate public education. Most of the funds are used to assist the district in providing tuition to youngsters who must receive specialized services.

How is IDEA funding used?

  • Tuition for special education programs
  • Support and direct services to special education staff, including professional development and training
  • Mental health services for children with  disabilities
  • Partial transportation costs for students with disabilities



Immigrant Children and Youth Grant

The Immigrant Children and Youth Grant is a federally funded program administered through the Connecticut State Department of Education.

The purpose of this program is to assist local school districts that experience significant increases in their student population due to immigration.

 How is the Immigrant Children and Youth Grant used?

  • Enhanced learning opportunities for  immigrant youth
  • Supports individuals who are aged 3-21, were not born in the United States, have not attended one or more schools in any one state for more than three academic years, and may or may not be an ELL student



Individuals with Disabilities Education ACT (IDEA) Pre-School Grant

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act provide preschool funds that serve and benefit children who have disabilities and are ages 3 through 5.

How is the IDEA Pre-School Grant used?

  • Assists children experiencing  developmental delays
  • Assists children experiencing  impairments that negatively  impact ability to acquire school readiness skills



Adult Education Program Improvement Grant

The Adult Education Program Improvement Grant funds the National External Diploma Program, which targets students who have barriers to participating in traditional diploma programs by offering flexible scheduling and confidentiality. The program awards a traditional diploma so graduates can meet academic and career goals.

How is the Adult Education Improvement Grant used?

  • Salaries and benefits for staff
  • Instructional supplies and  textbooks
  • Other purchased services