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 No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and efforts are currently underway in Congress to update and reauthorize it again.
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.