Missed Opportunities: The Possibilities and Challenges of Funding High-quality Preschool through Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act

Publication Date: March 2005

Publisher: Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Hannah Matthews; Jennifer Mezey; Danielle Ewen

Research Area: Education

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This paper, funded by the Foundation for Child Development, provides general background on the legislation behind Title I and provides an overview of the available data on the use of Title I funds for preschool, as well as illustrative examples of how a few states and local communities have used Title I funds for these programs.

It also examines the U.S. Department of EducationÂ’s statutes, regulations, and guidance on the use of Title I funds for preschool and raises some unanswered questions. Finally, it discusses how the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act may affect the availability of Title I funding for preschool programs.