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Title I ensures that all children have a fair, equal and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education. Title I provides supplemental funds to improve the achievement of all students enrolled in high-needs schools by providing federal funding in the following areas:

  • Additional academic programs and staff
  • After-school tutoring
  • Teachers certified in the subject area that they teach
  • Intense, ongoing professional development
  • Meaningful parental-engagement activities
  • Research-based instructional materials
  • Support for families in transition
  • Full-day Pre-K programs

Title I supports nine major areas:

  • Schoolwide Projects – Schools receive supplemental support for upgrading their programs. Therefore, all students attending are eligible to receive services regardless of income status.
  •  McKinney-Vento Program – A supplemental educational and referral program for children and families qualifying for services to families in housing transition.
  • Migrant Education – A supplemental program providing social and educational services to migratory children and families.
  • Alternative Education N & D program – A prevention and intervention program for children and youth who are neglected, delinquent or at risk.
  • Non-public – A supplemental program providing academic services for eligible children attending private schools.
  • Pre-K – Title I partners with VPK to provide half of the funding for a full-day program. This partnership seeks to prepare for kindergarten all children 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, who reside in Orange County.
  • Academic Tutoring Services – Tutoring and small-group instruction is provided to selected students attending Title I schools.
  • Professional Development – Schools receive ongoing technical assistance to support professional growth of the instructional and support staff.

Schoolwide Projects

Schools receive supplemental support for upgrading their programs. Therefore, all students attending are eligible to receive services regardless of income status.

McKinney-Vento Program

The purpose of the McKinney­-Vento Program (Homeless Education) is to address any educational barriers that may arise for children and youth experiencing homelessness as defined by the McKinney-­Vento portion of the Every Student Succeeds Act. This definition includes families living in hotels, shelters, streets, inadequate housing (example: mold or bug infestations), and shared housing due to hardship. The McKinney-Vento Program helps in facilitating enrollment, attendance and the educational success of students in housing transition. In addition, Homeless Education liaisons coordinate services among schools, shelters and community agencies to meet educational needs. If you and your family find yourselves in transition, please reach out to your local school, visit homeless.ocps.net, or call 407.317.3485.  Families also can put in a request for support via https://tinyurl.com/OCPSSupports

Migrant Education

The OCPS Migrant Education Program is a federally funded program implemented in cooperation with the Florida Department of Education. A migrant child, ages 0-21, is one who is or whose parent, spouse or guardian is a migratory agricultural worker, migratory dairy worker or migratory fisher. The goal of the Migrant Education Program is to ensure that all migrant students reach challenging academic standards despite barriers due to high mobility and graduate with a high­ school diploma (or complete a GED) that prepares them to succeed in college or in a technical career. Additionally, Migrant Education Program staff coordinate academic, social and health services for eligible migrant students. For more information, please visit migranteducation.ocps.net
 or call 407.317.3485.

Alternative Education N & D program

A prevention and intervention program for children and youth who are neglected, delinquent or at risk.

Non-public

A supplemental program providing academic services for eligible children attending private schools.

Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)

OCPS participates in Florida’s Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) program, offering 540 hours of learning during the school year or 300 hours during the summer. VPK is available free of charge for children who are 4  years-old by Sept. 1. Space is limited, however, and granted on a first-come, first-served basis. VPK Roundup is offered each spring and kicks off the registration process.
 
During the school year, OCPS offers VPK at 88 elementary schools and the Washington Shores Primary Learning Center. Various VPK program models offered during the school year are:

  • Full day and half day
  • Two-Way Dual Language
  • Pre-K Exceptional Student Inclusion
Details and a list of the participating schools are available on the Early Childhood Program’s web page, earlychildhood.ocps.net.
 
The OCPS VPK program leads students to success by offering a high-quality program that incorporates the following stimulating and developmentally appropriate practices:
  • Encourages children to achieve their highest potential through healthy, innovative, educational and fun activities
  • Models the character traits of honesty, respect, responsibility and kindness
  • Builds a sense of community between school and family
  • Values diversity by encouraging children to learn about their heritage and the heritage of others, and continually exposing children to literature, music and toys that celebrate diversity.
    Extends the range of play and learning experiences outside the classroom through an emphasis on outdoor and natural learning environments, field trips and classroom visits from a wide variety of community resource representatives.
  • Supports inclusion of children with special needs in the general education classroom.
  • Integrates classroom centers, which support the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards, focusing on current academic themes that include opportunities for language and physical development, early literacy, writing and mathematical thinking.
For more information about VPK programs at OCPS, please visit earlychildhood.ocps.net.

Academic Tutoring Services

Tutoring and small-group instruction is provided to selected students attending Title I schools.

Professional Development

Schools receive ongoing technical assistance to support professional growth of the instructional and support staff.