Answer: Absolutely. Providing transportation eliminates a barrier to attendance in preschool for these children. The state is required to have procedures that “ensure that— (i) homeless children have access to public preschool programs, administered by the State educational agency or local educational agency, as provided to other children in the State.” 42 USC §11432(g)(1)(F)(i). By using Title I funds for this transportation, you are adopting a procedure to ensure that children can access your LEA pre-K program. Title I specifically allows the set-aside to be used for “services not ordinarily provided to other students.”
Can we use Title I set-aside funds to transport children from our domestic violence shelter to our preschool program? We do not typically provide transportation to preschool, but these children will not attend if we cannot provide transportation.
Sep 18, 2017 | Q and A