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 learner

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

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 Non-Regulatory Guidance
Title I Non-Regulatory Guidance for Equitable Services
ESEA Schoolwide Non-Regulatory Guidance


Title I, Part A Contact: Christina Dotson, 603-271-3840, or
Title I, Part A Contact: Melinda Pfaff, 603-271-3610, or
Title I, Part A Contact: Kristine Braman, 603-271-6055, or

Title I 101- What you need to know

Comprehensive School Improvement


CSI, Contact:  Ashlee Fye, 603-271-7382, or


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: Yvette Poole, 603-271-2783, or
Title I, Part C Contact: Wendy Perron, 603-271-3514, or

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: Melinda Pfaff, 603-271-3610, or

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 Non-Regulatory Guidance

NH Educator Resources Portal

  • “Access is provided free to New Hampshire public school educators, an official school email address is required for registration.”

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

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 Non-Regulatory Guidance

Title III Program Resources and Guidance

Title III Contact: Wendy Perron, 603-271-3514, or

Title IV Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants

The purpose of the Title IV-A Program is to improve students' academic achievement by increasing the capacity of the LEA schools, and local communities to:

  • Provide all students with access to a well-rounded education;
  • Improve school conditions for student learning; and
  • Improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.

LEA, or LEA consortium, applications are developed through consultation with a Title IV-A Stakeholder Team that includes representatives from a variety of stakeholder groups. The Stakeholder Team should include, but not be limited to, parents, teachers, principals, other school leaders, specialized instructional support personnel, students, community based organizations, local government representatives, private school leaders who participate in equitable services, other school leaders, and others with relevant and demonstrated expertise in programs and activities designed to meet the purpose of Title IV-A.
The LEA, or LEA consortium must prioritize the distribution of Title IV, Part A funds to schools that:

  • Are among the schools with the greatest need (as determined by the LEA);
  • Have the highest percentages of low-income students;
  • Are identified for comprehensive support and improvement;
  • Have consistently underperforming subgroups;
  • Are identified as a persistently dangerous public elementary school or secondary school under Section 8532.

Title IV Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, Tools and Documents

Title IV Part A, Allocations

Stronger Connections Grant Program

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) authorized $1 billion in formula funding under Title IV, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to State educational agencies (SEAs) to provide students with safer and healthier learning environments. Under the BSCA, SEAs must award these funds competitively to high-need local educational agencies (LEAs) to fund activities allowable under section 4108 of the ESEA. The purpose of the funding is to improve student health and safety through measurable outcomes. 

March 31, 2023 - NHED began to seek public comment on the definition of high need LEA.

April 14, 2023 - NHED Closed Public Comment period.

Title IV, Part A Contact: Stan Freeda, 603-271-5132, or

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

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

The purpose of the Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) program is to provide rural districts with financial assistance for initiatives aimed at improving student achievement. The grant is non-competitive, and eligibility is determined by statute. In order to be eligible school districts must have at least 20% of the children they serve come from families with incomes below the poverty line and be located in a rural area. RLIS funds pay for activities authorized under Titles I-IV of the ESEA, as well as parental involvement activities.

Ashlee Fye, 603-271-7382, or

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: Christina Dotson, 603-271-3840, or

ESEA Program Assurances and Equitable Services Affirmation