Title 1 Part A, Improving Basic Programs

Title 1A is a federal education program that provides financial assistance to school districts with high numbers or percentages of low-income children to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. In the Redmond School District, eight elementary schools receive Title 1A funding. The allocations for each school are determined by the number of children who qualify for free/reduced meals at those schools.

For more information, please refer to the US Department of Education.

Title 1A funds support a number of staff members and activities, which may include reading and math specialists, instructional assistants, professional development, family engagement activities, PreKindergarten, McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison and support for students who are homeless and in foster care, summer programming, and more.  

If your child attends a Title 1A school, please contact the school’s Principal and or Title 1A specialist for specific information on the program model and services provided for students. You have the right to be informed of the qualifications of the teachers and assistants at your child’s school, as well as how you can participate in Title 1A program decisions and family engagement planning and activities.  

Program models: School-Wide and Targeted Assistance

School-wide programs are built on school-wide reform strategies, rather than separate, add-on services.  A school is allowed to use funds from Title 1A and other Federal education program resources to upgrade the entire educational program of the school in order to raise academic achievement for all students.

Targeted assistance signifies that additional support is provided to a select group of children rather than for overall school improvement. Students are selected to receive additional support, typically in reading, based upon student’s assessment scores. Those students who are at greatest risk of not reaching grade-level achievement are prioritized for receiving Title 1A support. In the Redmond School District, targeted assistance programs prioritize students in grades K-3.  


Family Engagement is an integral part of all Title 1A programs. Research shows that parents and family members play a significant role in the academic achievement of their children.  Therefore, it is important for parents, families, and schools to develop partnerships and build an ongoing dialogue to improve student achievement. Title 1A supports family engagement through a variety of opportunities provided throughout the school year at each school.

RSD Title 1A Parent Involvement Policy


The McKinney-Vento Act: Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program ensures that homeless children and youth are provided a free, appropriate public education, despite lack of a fixed place of residence or a supervising parent or guardian. Every school district in Oregon has at least one designated Homeless Student Liaison to provide direct assistance to homeless families and unaccompanied youths to access and achieve in school.

For more information, please check the Oregon Department of Education website or contact the Redmond School District Liaison.

Molly Herod, 541-977-6908 or at molly.herod@redmondschools.org.  

RSD Homeless Student Policy


The Title 1A PreK is a federally funded program for 4-year-olds (by Sept. 1) who qualify based on literacy and Healthy Beginnings screeners. Screenings are offered between February-May of each school year to determine participation for the upcoming school year (ex. Screenings offered February-May of 2018 are used to determine and invite students to participate in the 2018-19 school year program.) This program prioritizes students who need additional support gaining Kindergarten readiness skills.

For further information, please contact Alishia Anderson (contact information below).


The Redmond School District partners with a number of non-profit private schools in Redmond, as required by Title 1A regulations, to provide supplementary reading support for eligible private school students. The service model is developed in consultation with representatives from each private school and is designed to assist students in meeting grade level standards.


District Title 1A Coordination:

Alishia Anderson, Title 1A Coordinator
541-923-5437, ext. 1035  Email


Holly Hennessey, Title 1A Assistant
541-923-5437, ext. 1039  Email