Skip to main content
Voice Recognition
Select Language 

Every Student Succeeds Act and Title I

Teaching and Learning: Providing district leadership, support and accountability — with link

What is Title I?
Title I is a federal grant program originally authorized through the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and more recently reauthorized through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2016. The purpose of Title I is to provide supplemental resources to economically disadvantaged schools in order to support the achievement of its students.

In Kent County Public Schools, all elementary and middle school students are eligible to receive Title I services. The four schools are each identified and ranked in order to receive a supplemental allocation. These funds are used to provide additional staffing, extended time for learning, family engagement and professional development activities, as well as for supplemental purchases of materials and equipment. 

Administrators, teachers, parents and other stakeholders share in the development of each school’s Title I program, which is tailored to meet the needs of their students.

How do schools receive Title I funds?
The federal government provides funding to each school based on a formula tied to levels of poverty. State educational agencies send this money to school districts. The number of low-income students attending each school is the determining factor for how much money a Title I-eligible school receives.

Which of Kent County’s public schools receive Title I funds?
All three of Kent County’s elementary schools and its middle school are “Schoolwide Title I Schools” and receive funding. 

Our Title I schools are:  
• Rock Hall Elementary School
• Henry Highland Garnet Elementary School
• Galena Elementary School
• Kent County Middle School.

Title I funds are used to upgrade the entire school’s education program so that the overall education of all students who attend that school may be improved. All children enrolled in the Schoolwide Title I School, including those with disabilities and children with limited English proficiency, are eligible to receive Title I services.

How will Title I help my child?
The Title I program will provide your child with extra educational assistance beyond the regular classroom. In most cases, these additional services will include all or some of the following depending upon the needs of the students at that school:

• Instruction in small, flexible groups during portions of the day
• Special instructional areas
• Additional teachers (such as interventionists) and/or tutors
• Opportunities for professional development for school staff members
• Extra time for teaching Title I students the skills they need
• A variety of supplementary teaching methods
• An individualized program for students
• Additional teaching materials for the regular instructional program.

US Department of Education logo — with link

Contact Information

Michelle Cerino with email link



Kent County Public Schools
5608 Boundary Ave.
Rock Hall, MD 21661

School Improvement Plans

School Improvement Plans (SIP) are developed at each KCPS Schoolwide Title I school. Input at each of these schools is gathered from stakeholders including educators, parents and community members, all of whom are members of each school’s Improvement Team. New members are welcome to attend monthly meetings and become a part of their school’s team.
Improvement Plans are reviewed and updated annually and are amended as needs arise and new data on student achievement becomes available during the year. Each plan includes four components including one that calls for improving academic achievement for all students through maintaining a strong commitment to involving and engaging parents and the greater school community. A sample of the current plan(s) are included on this page. Improvement Plans for each of Kent County’s Schoolwide Title I schools are available at each school or through the KCPS Title I Office.

Title I Family Engagement Plan

To ensure meaningful family engagement and opportunities to build strong partnerships at each Title I school that promotes the academic goals necessary to support high expectations and achievement for all students, the KCPS Title I Office developed the Title I/ESSA Family Engagement Plan, available for download below, in consultation with family members from each Title I school.

After reviewing the KCPS District Parent and Family Engagement Plan for 2023-2024, please follow this link to complete a survey.

School Meals

Kent County Public Schools is fortunate to be able to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. KCPS is able to provide free meals at all five schools through a program called Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
There is still a charge for snacks and any additional food, like second meals, beyond the initial breakfast and lunch serving.
While the benefit of the CEP program is immense to our community, the lack of information that is generally available from the Free and Reduced application could hinder other beneficial programs, grants and funding opportunities.
KCPS is asking that you take a moment to complete the following form so that we can have the information needed to pursue every opportunity for our students.

Forms icon with link
Click here for a copy of the Educational Benefit Form. 

Click here for a copy of the form in Spanish.
Should you have any questions regarding this form, please feel free to contact your school’s principal or the Title I Office at 410-778-1595 or [email protected].

Parents Right to Know

In compliance with the requirements of the Every Students Succeeds Act, parents may request the following information:

1. Whether the student’s teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction; is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; and is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher.

2. Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications. 

Please submit your request for this information in writing to your child's school.