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Office of ESEA Title Programs

The Office of ESEA Title Programs provides leadership, technical assistance and professional development to schools and community-based organizations in the implementation of specific federal grant programs authorized through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act."

Certain programs serve general populations while others are designed to serve children, youth and families with specific educational needs, such as disadvantaged, neglected and delinquent, migrant, homeless and English learners.

New Hampshire's federal accountability plan provides information on statewide accountability and improvement, educator support, student success, and assistance to our most at-risk youths: New Hampshire Consolidated State Plan


CARES Act and ESSER Funding

The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. It includes the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to help K-12 educational entities prevent, prepare for, and respond to impacts of COVID-19.


    Title I, Part A - Helping Disadvantaged Children Meet High Standards

    Formula grants to school districts through Title I, Part A provide opportunities for children to acquire the knowledge and skills to meet the State proficiency standards. This purpose is accomplished in two ways: (1) providing children supplemental support through enriched and accelerated education programs; and (2) providing instructional personnel in participating schools with substantial opportunities for professional development.

    Title I 101- What you need to know

    Title I, Part A Contact: Ashlee Fye, 603-271-7382 or [email protected]
    Title I, Part A Contact: Katherine Adams, 603-271-3838 or [email protected]
    Title I, Part A Contact: Christina Dotson, 603-271-3840 or [email protected] 


    Title I, Part C - Education of Migratory Children

    The New Hampshire Migrant Education Program (NH MEP) addresses the unique educational barriers faced by migrant workers and their families in the state. Migrant students are some of the most disadvantaged children and youth nationwide. Many are out-of-school, and those in school are often at risk of failing or dropping out due to frequent moves, cultural differences, and language barriers. In fact, research shows that each change in school can set back a child or youth’s education by four to six months. For out-of-school youth, they may face additional problems such as social isolation, lack of knowledge of resources, or incomplete schooling.

    Title I, Part C Contact: Barbara Patch, 603-271-2273 or [email protected]


    Part I, Part D - Program for Neglected, Delinquent or At-Risk Students

    Title I, Part D, of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is entitled "The Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth who are Neglected, Delinquent or At-Risk." This program provides financial assistance to educational programs for youths in both school district programs and in-state operated institutions.

    Title I, Part D Contact Contact: Ashlee Fye, 603-271-7382 or [email protected]


    Title II, Part A - Preparing, Training and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals

    The purpose of Title II, Part A is to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and districts improve teacher and principal quality and ensure that all teachers are highly qualified. Through the program, State and local educational agencies (SEAs and LEAs), and State agencies for higher education (SAHEs) receive funds on a formula basis. Eligible partnerships consisting of high-need LEAs and institutions of higher education (IHEs) receive funds that are competitively awarded by the SAHE (see Section F).

    In exchange, agencies that receive funds are held accountable to the public for improvements in academic achievement. Title II, Part A provides these agencies with the flexibility to use these funds creatively to address challenges to teacher quality, whether they concern teacher preparation and qualifications of new teachers, recruitment and hiring, induction, professional development, teacher retention, or the need for more capable principals and assistant principals to serve as effective school leaders.

    Title II, Part A Contact: Kathryn "Joey" Nichol, 603-271-6087 or [email protected]


    Title III - Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students

    The New Hampshire Title III Office is funded through the United States Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, under the legislative authority of Title III, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

    With Title III funds, the New Hampshire Title III Office provides technical assistance and training to teachers, administrators and other stakeholders; collects data about EL students; awards Title III grants to school districts; and, provides educational resources which enable teachers, parents and administrators to help ELs succeed academically and socially. Title III funds also are awarded to help eligible districts that have experienced a significant increase in enrollment of new immigrant children.

    Title III Contact: Wendy Perron, [email protected]


    Title IV Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants

    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the most recent reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). ESSA continues the civil rights foundation of ESEA, reflecting our nation's longstanding commitment to equity of opportunity for all students. The new law has a clear goal of ensuring our education system prepares every child to graduate from high school ready to thrive in college and careers. The 2015 reauthorization has a number of provisions that promote equitable access to educational opportunity including holding all students to high academic standards, ensuring meaningful action is taken to improve the lowest-performing schools and schools with underperforming student groups and providing more children with access to high-quality preschool learning opportunities. As educators work to improve outcomes for students, the ultimate goal is to provide all students with a high-quality education.

    Title IV, Part A Contact: Stan Freeda, 602-271-5132 or [email protected]


    Title IV, Part B, Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers

    The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) program is a federal program funded under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This federal funding stream focuses on out of school time programming for expanded academic enrichment opportunities for children attending high poverty schools. Tutorial services and academic enrichment activities are designed to help students meet local and state academic standards in subjects such as reading and math. In addition, programs may provide youth development activities, drug and violence prevention programs, technology education programs, art, music and recreation, counseling, and character education to enhance the academic component of the program.

    Title IV, Part B Contact: Kathy A. Vestal, 603-271-3853 or [email protected]


    Title V, Part B Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP)

    Title V, Part B (previously known as Title VI) of the Every Student Succeeds Act contains two separate but related initiatives under Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP).

    Marcia McCaffrey, 603-271-3193 or [email protected]


    Title X, Part C - Homeless Children and Youth

    The McKinney-Vento Act, Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY)  Program is designed to address the challenges which homeless children and youth face with enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school.

    Title X, Part C Contact: Katherine Adams, 603-271-3838 or [email protected]


    Non-Discrimination Notice

    The New Hampshire Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The Department is governed by Titles VII and IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended by title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014;and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    The following person has been designated to handle Departmental inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies for Title IX and Section 504:

    Daniel B. Frye, Administrator
    Services for the Blind and Vision-Impaired
    New Hampshire Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation
    Division of Workforce Innovation
    New Hampshire Department of Education
    21 S. Fruit Street, Suite 20
    Concord, NH. 03301
    (603) 271-3814 (Office)
    [email protected] 

    For further information on notice of non-discrimination, please call 1-800-421-3481.