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ESSA and Early Learning

By Sharon Triolo-Moloney, P-3 Alignment Director, Early Learning and School Readiness
Monday, March 14, 2016 - 12:19pm

ESSA has made clear there will be additional opportunities to support early learning initiatives.  There are various sections throughout ESSA that promote a new focus on programs designed specifically to support early learning. These opportunities can be found in Title I, Title II, Title III and Title IX, Section 9212, which focuses on Preschool Development Grants.  

Districts using Title I funds to support early childhood programs will be required to comply with Head Start performance standards. 

Other highlights include funds and supports for, but not limited to:

  • Professional Development
  • Preparing, training and recruiting qualified staff
  • Supports for administrators, principals, school leaders, teachers and paraprofessionals
  • Language instruction for English learners and immigrant students, which allows support for strategies that promote school readiness and transition plans and activities
  • Preschool development grant: this is a competitive grant aimed at improving existing early childhood programs

CDE is excited to provide and help districts understand these additional supports for our young students! Early childhood education is crucial for students to become confident and active learners.

For additional information on new Early Learning opportunities, please see ( for more details.