Division of Early Childhood, Exceptional
Student Education, and Title I Programs
1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 500
Title I is the major component of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), passed in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty. Congress has reauthorized the Act numerous times since its enactment, making changes in focus each time. The current reauthorization of ESEA is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 10, 2015. However, in accordance with ESSA’s orderly transition provision, its components will be fully implemented at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. Therefore, States, Local Educational Agencies (LEA) and schools shall continue to implement most of the requirements of the Title I Program in the 2016-2017 school year in accordance with No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), as they existed in the 2015-2016 school year.
Title I funding flows from the U.S. Department of Education (as appropriated by Congress) to the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), which then allocates funds to Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS). The District disburses Title I funding to schools based on the number of low-income children and schools spend the funds allocated based on formalized School Improvement Plans approved by M-DCPS and FDOE. Early Childhood and Exceptional Student Education Programs are supported through the Title I program. Funding priority is given to the lowest achieving schools with the highest levels of poverty.
Detailed information about each area of the division (Early Childhood Programs, Exceptional Student Education, and Title I Administration) is available via their respective links. You may also want to access division-related News & Events and applicable Resources.